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.

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Minnesota Waterfalls on the North Shore

Spring Lodging Specials

Best Lodging Deals on Minnesota’s North Shore It’s almost waterfall season! Witness the rush as the winter melt gives way to raging rivers and amazing …

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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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Explorer's guide to North Shore waterfalls

Did you know there are more than 12 waterfalls in Lake County – more than any other county in Minnesota?

You’ll find off-the-beaten-path trails and falls to explore between the North Shore and the Canadian border. Check out the guide below and add these falls to your Minnesota waterfall-viewing bucket list.

Upcoming Events

  • Karaoke Night
    March 29, 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
    April 3, 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
    April 5, 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!
  • Bingo Night at the Silver Bay Lounge
    April 7, 2023
    Join NSAP for Bingo Night at the Silver Bay Lounge! We will start at 7 pm and play until the prizes run out. A portion of drink sales and all bingo proceeds go to support [...]

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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