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.


Grammy-award-winning country music band Shenandoah will play at the Lake County Fairgrounds on June 14, 2024. Featuring special guest Rafe Carlson. Tickets are on sale now.

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.

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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!


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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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Upcoming Events

Featured events

Shenandoah "Revival Tour" at the Lake County Fairgrounds
Jun 14 24
Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors

  When country music lovers talk about the most significant groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road,” and “Next to You, Next to Me” and [...]
Ride The Shore 2024!
Jun 28 24
Silver Bay in Silver Bay

Ride The Shore 6 will take place June 28th and 29th in Silver Bay, Minnesota, and will ride some of Minnesota's best trails! The event is a free-ride weekend as you follow the RTS map to the hot spots dubbed “Selfie Stations.” Ride as much or as little as you want; the Selfie Station Tour [...]
Spring Vitality Yoga & Hiking Retreat
Apr 12 24
Wolf Ridge in Finland

Head to Wolf Ridge for the Spring Vitality Yoga & Hiking Retreat! Enjoy a day out in the wilderness doing yoga and hiking trails to see all that our area has to offer! Take a journey to renew your life force and experience the magic and beauty of the North Shore. Allow this time to [...]
Snowshoe Chair Lacing Workshop @ Tettegouche State Park
Apr 13 24
Tettegouche State Park Visitor’s Center in Silver Bay

The craft of lacing snowshoes is uniquely North American in origin. In this workshop we will applying this craft to a rustic-looking and very sturdy indoor or outdoor chair by lacing pre-made wooden frames with a nylon webbing (which looks like rawhide after varnishing). Participants will be responsible for varnishing and assembling the chairs on [...]
Katie Bromme Art Opening @ Cedar Coffee Company
Apr 17 24
Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors

Join us for a reception for Katie Bromme, Watercolor Artist - the featured artist for April and May at Cedar Coffee Company. Visit with the artist, view the featured paintings on the art wall, and peruse her prints and cards for a piece to take home with you! Wine, beer, coffee and food menu will [...]

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).


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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