Lakeview National Golf Course

Lakeview National Golf Course was originally a nine-hole golf course, but in 1996, the golf course was renovated into an 18-hole golf course by Garret Gill. The course is known for playing tough but rewards players with stunning lake views on 14 of the 18 holes.

The front nine starts with a challenging set of 3 holes with a par 5, par 3, and another par 5. The next 3 holes will give golfers a challenging wilderness golf experience. It may be a better strategy to go for accuracy rather than distance since each of the fairways are at most 40 yards across. The last 3 holes open up a bit while you make your way back to the clubhouse to make the turn.

Before you make your way to the back nine, checkout the Lakeview Grill! The bar and grill feature a full bar as well as a menu which serves hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps, and other dinner baskets. Once you are refueled with some food and maybe a little bit of swing juice, you are ready to tackle the back nine.

The back nine starts with two holes that are fairly open, but soon you will find yourself back in the wilderness with tight fairways to shoot at. The back nine has several holes that have significant elevation changes from tee to green. You will also play three holes that “dogleg” this will require some strategy that goes into each shot.

We hope you take advantage of this beautiful course the next time you are on the North Shore. Lakeview National has superior golf with superior views.

History of Lake County

Lake County has a rich history and the best place to start should be prior to the Europeans coming to Minnesota. Lake County was largely inhabited by Native American groups. The to primary groups of people that lived here were the Dakota and Ojibwe. These groups of people relied largely upon hunting, fishing, and gathering in order to get enough food to survive. In the late 1600s, European explorers made their way to Lake County. Many of these explorers were fur traders and trappers.

Once Wisconsin had been granted statehood, the federal government made the Minnesota Territory in March 1849. The Minnesota Territory was originally divided into 9 counties in, with Lake County originally being called Superior County. In 1855, Lake County changed its name from Superior County to St. Louis County. After only a year the name of the county was changed again to Lake County in 1856. The name of St. Louis County was given to the previously known county of Newton where the St. Louis River runs into Lake Superior. After many name changes, Lake County had finally found its name that is known today.

The second half of of the 1800s was a time of change for Lake County. The discovery of iron ore in the Vermillion Range. This discovery resulted in the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad to extend up to the North Shore. Expansion of the railroad resulted in the incorporation of Two Harbors in 1888. That same year a vote was taken to make Two Harbors the county seat of Lake County.

While iron ore has been whats shaped a large part of the history of Two Harbors, there are other industries that have helped in forming the North Shore. Towards the end of the 1800s fishing became a hot industry which resulted in the immigration of Swedish and Norwegian immigrants to Lake County.

During the 1900s, Lake County had focused on the mining industry building infrastructure for transporting minerals. One of the first steel ore docks was built in 1907 in Two Harbors. One of the nations first Health Maintenance Organizations was created to help railroad employees with medical assistance.

History is always being written and it is exciting to see what will be next for Lake County.

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Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Lake County has countless spots for you to take photographs that will stun everyone. Below you will find a list of great spots for you to take outstanding photographs around Lake County.

One of the best places to go and take photographs is the Boundry Water Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The BWCAW is 1,000,000 acres of land that is isolated from all civilization. In the BWCAW you will find nature in its true form and you will be able to find places where few have been.

Palisade Head is located in Tettegouche State Park and is a large rock formation along Lake Superior. This rock formation provides a nice stage to take photographs of the shoreline of Lake Superior as well as taking photographs of the seemingly unending Lake Superior. If you happen to be taking photographs from the lake, Palisade Head is a breathtaking fixture along the shore of Lake Superior.

Check out the spectacular photography of Lyn Wermter.

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Another great photographer to check out is Gary Leeper.

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RV Parks

Lake County is a great destination for RV travelers. The beautiful views of Lake Superior will relax and calm visitors coming from near and far. Visit these RV Parks the next time you drive north to Lake County.

Penmarallter Campground

When driving north on Highway 61, the first RV campground you will find is the Penmarallter Campground. This campsite is “Mom and Pop” operated and provides guests with a great campground right near Lake Superior. The campground accommodates large RVs up to 50 ft. in length and all sites have a nice grassy lawn with picnic tables and a firepit. Other amenities offered for campers are Wi-Fi internet, shower house (hot showers and flush toilets), and a dump station. If you are traveling with a furry friend, leashed pets are allowed. For more information about Penmarallter Campsite, visit their website.

Burlington Bay Campground

When going through Two Harbors, check out the Burlington Bay Campground. Right alongside Highway 61, this campsite has 66 sites with water and electric hookups, there are 36 sites with water, electric and sewer hook-ups, and 34 sites with water, sewer, and 50 amp electric hook-ups. The Burlington Bay Campground also features Wi-Fi internet, dump station, and ice are also available on-site. Burlington Bay Campground also has a designated quiet time from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m, so don’t worry about relaxing. For more information about Burlington Bay Campground, visit their webpage.

Lamb’s Resort

If you are going further up the North Shore, visit Lamb’s Resort in Schroeder. It is a quiet family owned resort with 60 acresand more than a 1/2 mile of private Lake superior beach. The campground is located near popular destinations Tofte and Lutsen. The campgrounds property has the Cross River going through it which is a popular place to cool off with a swim. For more information about Lamb’s Resort, visit their website.

Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness

When you visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) you will be getting a true Minnesota wilderness experience. The BWCAW is 1,090,000 acres of pure nature that borders Canada. Some of the most popular activities in the BWCAW include hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking.

The BWCAW is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States, with about 250,000 yearly visitors. When you stay overnight at the BWCAW, permits are required. The BWCAW offers more than 2,000 backpack campsites and 12 different hiking trails.

For more informtion about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, visit their website.

Trains

It’s no secret that Lake County has been built by the train industry. Whether you are looking for an afternoon ride up the shore from Duluth or wondering about how where all this taconite is being sent to, this is the place to be!

In 1907, Two Harbors finished building their train station. The large two-story depot was developed by the Duluth and Iron Range Railway, the station was utilized a transfer point for passengers and used for transporting lumber and mining supplies. The depot ended its passenger service in 1961 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

In 2002, the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railway became one of the largest iron ore handling railroad in America, consisting of 212 miles of track. The goal of the railroad was to transport the taconite from plants in the Missabe Range to dock facilities in Duluth and Two Harbors.

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Parks

State Parks

Gooseberry Falls State Park offers unique trails that lead you along the North Shore. When you hike around Gooseberry Falls State Park you will find the upper, middle, and lower Gooseberry Falls. All year long it is amazing to visit the waterfalls because they change with each season that passes. Each time you visit Gooseberry Falls State Park you will find something new, so go out and see what you can discover. For more information about Gooseberry Falls State Park, visit their DNR webpage.

Another state park to visit when in Lake County is the historic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park features beautiful scenic views of Lake Superior as well as opportunities to picnic all along the way. Tours of the historic lighthouse are available as well. The Split Rock Lighthouse offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience a true piece of North Shore history. For more information about Split Rock Lighthouse, visit their DNR webpage.

Tettegouche State Park offers visitors premier trails along the shoreline of Lake Superior. One of the top places to visit while in Tettegouche State Park is Palisade Head. On a nice summer day, you may find several adventurous spirits climbing up the open cliff face. For more information about Tettegouche State Park, visit their DNR webpage.

City Parks

Paul Van Hoven Park- Have you ever wanted to see the tug that built America. Well, this is your chance to overlook the historic Edna G. while you enjoy a nice stroll around the park. Take this chance to see a historic piece of equipment, pull up a picknick table, and let the kids loose. Enjoy this park and have a relaxing time.

Two Harbors Break Wall (Agate Bay)- The view of Agate Bay is one of the most famous on the North Shore. Take a relaxing walk on the break wall and then sit down and enjoy watching the big ships come into the harbor!

Black Beach Park- Black beach park is one of the most unique parks and beaches the North shore has to offer. Headed north from Silver Bay for about a mile you will run into Black beach park. This is a must stop site see.

Boating

Inland lakes alone account for nearly 30 public boat landings for trailered boats. These lakes have a lot to offer, from spending time participating in water sports to sight-seeing to fishing, there are many different places to use your boat in Lake County while exploring away from the North Shore.

As for Lake Superior access, Lake County offers 4 main areas to launch your boat and get out on the largest of the Great Lakes. There are areas to launch all the way up the highway, starting in Knife River at their marina, and going all the way up to Silver bay at their marina, you have many options to explore the North Shore from the water. Two Harbors boasts a great facility in Agate Bay for you to put your boat in the water and easily park your vehicle.

Canoeing and Kayaking

If you’re looking to get out in the water in a kayak or canoe, Lake County has lots of options for where you can go to use them!

For those who own their own kayaks, Two Harbors has a great place to bring them! Located at the public boat launch for Lake Superior, Two Harbors offers a kayak launch to make getting your kayak in the water safe and easy!

If you don’t own a kayak there’s no need to worry, renting is an option! Harbor Kayak & Paddleboard Rental operates on the beach of Burlington Bay in Two Harbors and offers customers the opportunity to take kayaks and paddleboards out on Lake Superior.

Canoeing is also a viable option here in Lake County. Whether you want to take it out on Lake Superior, a smaller inland lake, or even taking a trip to the Boundry Waters, Lake County has options for you. The Boundry Waters itself boasts 1,200 miles of routes to paddle, and offers countless experiences to be had.

Lake County has no shortage of options for exploring the water on canoes and kayaks, so get out there and explore!

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