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Lake County

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.

north shore summer bucket list

This summer, plan to check off your Minnesota Bucket List in Lake County, MN! Get wowed by its ancient cliffs and hidden beaches. It’s home to iconic parks, quaint towns, and expansive wilderness from Lake Superior to the Boundary Waters.

This is the time to do it all in a nature lover’s paradise. Visit one of four fantastic state parks, camp in a national or state forest, or go into the world-renowned Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: your options are endless.

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hike, Bike, or Ride: Just get outside!

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Everyone can do their part to Care for Lake County by following our Leave No Trace principles.

Take the Pledge and receive a free sticker and a mini North Shore hiking guide!

North Shore ADVENTURES

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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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Accessible Outdoor Adventures

One-Day Trip The Minnesota DNR and local businesses in Lake County believe that all people, regardless of disability, should have access to and enjoy the ...
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Adventure-Loving Two-Day Itinerary

Adventure-Loving Two-Day Itinerary What To Bring: Water Towel Blanket for the Beach Lunch/Snacks Closed-Toe Shoes Gloves Bike Helmet (or you can rent one) Rain gear ...
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Featured events

Tettegouche Summer Concert Series feat. Shore Thing
Jul 13 24
Tettegouche State Park in Silver Bay

The Friends of Tettegouche are pleased to announce the Tettegouche Summer Concert Series for 2024. We have awesome bands lined up for the summer, starting with Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo on June 15th. Followed by Shore Thing on July 13th, Sharon Rowbottom and Dan Boyer on August 17th and ending with Root River Jam [...]

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 Township and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

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 Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
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Finland/Isabella

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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