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.

Summer on the North Shore

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Everyone can do their part to Care for Lake County. Take the Pledge and receive a free sticker and a mini North Shore hiking guide!

trending summer adventures

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North Shore Summer Bucket List

There are many reasons folks flock to Lake Superior’s North Shore in the summertime: With four majestic state parks, three lighthouses, numerous waterfalls, the scenic …

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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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Explorer’s Guide to Waterfalls in Lake County

In early April, the spring melt gives way to raging waterfalls that start to erase the last remnants of winter. Although several outdoor activities halt …

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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.

Upcoming Events

  • North Shore Community Night
    May 26, 2023
    To celebrate the opening of the new Split Rock Lighthouse exhibit, we will host an open house on May 26 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. The evening will include music by Adam Moe and Nathan [...]
  • Open Cribbage League
    May 29, 2023
    Open Cribbage League - 2-person teams, $10/person, no weekly commitment & no subs needed.  Just show up if you want to play!
  • Karaoke Night
    May 31, 2023
    Karaoke at the American Legion in Two Harbors on Wednesday, Feb 22, from 7-10 pm hosted by Fish. Come on out and sing a few!
  • Open Cribbage League
    June 5, 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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