Minnesota’s far northeastern county is Cook County (pop. 5,176); it’s a triangle surrounded by Lake Superior on the southeast, Lake County on the west, and Ontario on the north.
Cook County has the highest point in Minnesota – Eagle Mountain, elevation 2,301 feet, in Superior National Forest. There is a 3.5-mile trail from the trailhead to the summit.
The main road through Cook County is Minnesota Highway 61, which follows the shore of Lake Superior for 149 miles from Duluth to the Canadian border.
The Superior Hiking Trail parallels Highway 61; its 275 miles are mainly on the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior.
The county seat of Cook County is Grand Marais, which is French for “great marsh.” Grand Marais (pop. 1,351) is a popular entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Several state parks are along Highway 61, including Cascade River and Temperance River.
Near the Canadian border, on the Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation, is Grand Portage National Monument. It has a reconstructed trading post from the days of the fur trade on the Great Lakes.
The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is also located on the reservation.
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