Lake County

Wild, Rugged North

Infinite adventures from
the North Shore to the Boundary waters

Lake County in Minnesota sits along the Lake Superior North Shore from Knife River to Little Marais. It extends north to the Canadian Border, near Ely, MN, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Lake County boasts four gorgeous state parks, including Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Tettegouche State Park, and George Crosby-Manitou State Park. Our state parks offer many miles of scenic hiking trails featuring rivers, waterfalls, and deep forests.

You’ll find breathtaking views of the Lake Superior shoreline, excellent lakeshore resorts, hotels, campgrounds, and endless outdoor adventures! We welcome you to Lake County.

Fall Adventure Guide

Roadtrip to adventure on Minnesota’s North Shore! Surrounded by breathtaking fall colors, explore the scenery via miles of ATV, hiking, and biking trails along Lake Superior or through the Superior National Forest. Discover why so many outdoor enthusiasts “fall” in love with Lake County.

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woman standing atop the high falls at tettegouche state park in the fall

10 Stunning North Shore Fall Color Hikes

Ask anyone who lives near the North Shore about their favorite season, and you’ll most likely hear, “Fall!” Sure, you can take a gorgeous North …

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The North Shore Fall Adventure Guide

Minnesota’s Fall Colors Bucket List Fall may be one of the best times for outdoor adventure on Minnesota’s North Shore. Explore via scenic road trips …

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Ultimate North Shore Road Trip

Plan the Ultimate North Shore Road Trip through Lake County, MN, this summer and be wowed by its ancient cliffs, hidden beaches, and stunning vistas. …

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  • Andy Hausworth live at Larsmont Cottages
    September 29, 2023
    Larsmont Cottages presents dinner at Ledge Rock Grille and music with Andy Hausworth in the fireside room and bar.
    September 30, 2023
    HECK OF THE NORTH 105-MILE, 55-MILE AND 20-MILE GRAVEL CLASSIC EVENT DATE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2023 2023 marks the 15th anniversary of The Heck of the North! This is the event that started it all [...]
    Twin Ports Axe Throwing Special
    October 1, 2023
    Twin Ports Axe Throwing special every Sunday at the North Shore Adventure Park. Save $5 on a lane and learn fun games at our huge outdoor venue. The North Shore Adventure Park is the largest [...]
    Open Cribbage League
    October 2, 2023
    Open Cribbage League - 2-person teams, $10/person, no weekly commitment & no subs needed.  Just show up if you want to play!

    Explore Our Communities

    Beaver Bay

    Beaver Bay The oldest settlement on the north shore Beaver Bay (pop. 121) was founded in 1856 by German immigrants. Visit the Tourist Information Center on the east end of town, operated by the Bay …

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    Fall Lake

    Fall Lake Township & the Boundary Waters the World’s Most Pristine Wilderness In the northern region of Lake County (just east of Ely, MN) you’ll find Fall Lake Township which encompasses a large portion of the Boundary Waters …



    Finland & Isabella Rugged wilderness & a captivating history Finland From MN-61, just over eight miles north on Highway 1, you’ll find the community of Finland, Minnesota, nestled in the Baptism River Valley and surrounded …


    Knife River

    Knife River, MN, was settled by Captain Charles Anderson, a Norwegian seaman born in Oslo in 1840, and his wife Serene. Following the arrival of the Alger-Smith Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad, the tiny settlement …


    Silver Bay

    Silver Bay, Minnesota A north shore gem Silver Bay, nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, was homesteaded by fisherman Oscar Pederson in 1920; the captain of the steamship America gave the town its name, who thought …


    Two Harbors

    Two Harbors, Minnesota In the late 1800s, the area of Two Harbors was actually divided into two separate communities, Agate Bay and Burlington. In 1907, the two communities merged together and became incorporated and were …


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