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Travel to the North Shore!
Adventure Awaits!

A visit to the North Shore is nothing short of extraordinary, and is the experience of a lifetime. The way of life in the North Shore is unparalleled with its breath-taking scenery, local brews and eats, and plethora of outdoor  dventures no matter the season! Create memorable experiences as you explore Duluth, Lake County, Cook County, and everywhere in between!

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Cook County, located in the extreme northeastern part of Minnesota, is Minnesota’s 2nd-largest county by area. It is also the place where John Beargrease’s people, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, called home.

From the shores of Lake Superior, to the Sawtooth Mountains, to majestic waterfalls, to a state park on the Canadian border, there are many opportunities for outdoor adventure in every season! If you prefer shopping, events, concerts, festivals, and dining, there are plenty of those options as well. You will not, however, find any big box stores here!

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Lake County Visitors Guide

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Cook County Dining

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Restaurants, bistros, bars, pubs, breweries, and distilleries…the Duluth area offers excellent options for eating out or sampling local libations. You will especially want to visit Place A and Place B for one of a kind dining experiences. If you are looking for a local brewery, Place C is the place to go! Place D is known for its filler text here about Place D.

Duluth has an award-winning craft beer scene with a long history of beer brewing. You will find 10 breweries and a wide variety of styles. Place A is an amazing brewery and restaurant. Place B is known for its inventiveness and edgier brews.

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Local Minnesota beer at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Cook County Accommodations

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From local cafes and family restaurants, to grille and tap rooms, to breweries, you have unique options for dining and drinks. You will especially want to visit Place A and Place B for a Cook County dining experience. If you are looking for a local brewery, visit Place C!

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Cook County State Parks

  • Cascade River State Park offers 18 miles of hiking along the magnificent Cascade River, waterfall viewing, fishing, and birdwatching; enjoy 16 miles of cross-country skiing in the winter. There are hiking and cross-country trails for all abilities so you’ll be able to find a trail that meets your needs!
  • Grand Portage State Park is the only state park within an Indian Reservation on land owned by the Tribe. Interpretive displays in the Welcome Center give an introduction to the culture and traditions of the Grand Portage Ojibwe people. The park offers hiking, picnicking, scenic views, spring and summer wildflowers, and a short, paved trail to Minnesota’s tallest waterfall. Handicapped-accessible boardwalks lead to viewing decks near the Welcome Center.
  • Judge C.R. Magney State Park offers hiking, camping, trout fishing, visiting scenic waterfalls, and viewing wildlife in warmer weather; there are no services in the winter. Be sure to hike along the Brule River to see Devil’s Kettle waterfall!
  • Temperance River State Park offers opportunities to hike along the Temperance River Gorge, view waterfalls, camp, and picnic. In the winter, you can snowmobile and cross-country ski at this beautiful state park!

Fun Cook County Communities

  • Grand Portage is home to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and is one of the earliest Ojibwe settlements in Minnesota. Here you will find ongoing tradition and Places to visit: Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, Grand Portage RV Park & Campground, Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center
  • Grand Marais is a small, picturesque harbor village on the shore of Lake Superior. It is an interesting, artsy town surrounded by natural beauty.
  • The communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, located on the southern edge of Cook County, have the perfect blend of outdoor opportunities and indoor luxuries. Visitors find these towns to be great destination locations.

Historical Sites in Cook County

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What a sled dog looks forward to most after a long day of racing is a nice bed of straw! But guess what happened at last year’s race? Someone stole all our straw right before the race start! Thankfully, great fans like you helped us out during the final hour to provide this vital supply for our amazing dogs.

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What to expect when you come see the Beargrease Marathon

Watching the Beargrease is not for the faint of heart. Neither is it for dress shoes, fancy clothes, makeup, or showers (we’re only half joking). Watching the race or volunteering involves spending hours outside in the harshest weather that Northern Minnesota can offer.

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Important events for the Beargrease

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