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Lake County Chamber Spring Video

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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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Picnicking

Lake County Minnesota has many places to picknick. Whether you want to be up north in Lake County or on the shore of Lake Superior you will find there is no such thing as a “bad view”. A few great places to have a picknick are in local parks or inland lakes. Most areas on the shore are perfect for a picknick. Some of these areas include Two Harbors Break Wall, Burlington Bay Beach, and Paul Van Hoven Park. There are other places around Lake County including Indian Lake and Knife River Marinna. Every place listed above offers picknick tables and or solid smooth areas where you could sit and eat a nice relaxing meal.

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 have a good meal while watching a 1,000 ft. Oar boat roll in and out.

Address: 1 Lighthouse Point, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Burlington Bay Beach- Sometimes staring out into a vast amount of water is the most calming place to have a nice family picknick. Sit down and eat with the family while being just feet from Lake Superior.

Address: Burlington Road Two Harbors, MN 55616

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 eat lunch. Take this chance to see an historic piece of equipment, pull up a picknick table, and let the kids loose. Enjoy this park and have a relaxing lunch.

Address: Paul Van Hoven Park, Two Harbors, MN 55616

Indian Lake- Indian Lake is an inland lake that allows visitors to camp. If you are looking for a day on the lake, with a low price of $14 per day, Indian Lake is a great place to stay and visit. Visitors are just a few feet from the water and allows you to fish and swim in the lake. For more information about Indian Lake visit their DNR webpage.

Address: Indian Lake Campground, Hwy 44, Brimson, MN 55602

Knife River Marina- This clean and up to date marina is a great place to watch boats go in and out. This is a great spot for a date with all the amenities to fit a family event. This area offers public bathrooms, fuel, and picknick tables. For more information about the Knife River Marina please visit their DNR webpage.

Address: 115 Marina Rd, Knife River, MN 55609

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 place whether you are there to picknick or just site see.

Address: Black Beach Park, Silver Bay, MN 55614

Climbing

Climbing is a great way to experience nature and exercise. One of the more unique places where you can climb is Tettegouche State Park. The premier spot for climbing has to be Palisade Head where there are open-faced cliffs going down towards Lake Superior. This climb is for those who are more experienced and should be attempted with proper training. A free permit is required for anyone who wants to climb, and it is available in the park headquarters during business hours.

If you aren’t up for such a hardcore climbing experience, look into visiting the Adenture Park on the North Shore located in Silver Bay. The park includes climbing areas as well as ziplines. This is fun for the whole family and can also be used for coorporate retreats. Be sure to visit the Adventure Park on the North Shore next time you are in Lake County.