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U.S. Highway 61 – the North Shore Scenic Drive - is designated a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road.  It is a destination unto itself.  It is the North Shore’s primary transportation corridor, linking the port cities of Duluth, MN and Thunder Bay, Ontario. 


The Pigeon River Border Crossing on Highway 61 at Grand Portage is heavily used for commercial transport and recreational travelers.  The Lake Superior Circle Tour is a popular route by auto or motorcycle. 


County roads extend inland and service most residential areas.  Summer and winter, quality road maintenance and prompt snow removal are priorities for Cook County.  Main travel routes include:

County Highway 1 – the Cramer Road – at Schroeder
County Highway 2 – the Sawbill Trail – at Tofte
County Highway 4 – the Caribou Trail – at Lutsen
County Highway 12 – the Gunflint Trail – at Grand Marais
County Highway 16 – the Arrowhead Trail at Hovland


The USDA Forest Service and Minnesota DNR maintain an extensive network of forest roads across the county’s interior. 


The Grand Marais Cook County Airport CKC and Seaplane Base has a newly extended 5000-foot runway and heated hangar space.  It is a U.S. Customs Landing Rights Airport, May 15 – October 15.  The arrival/departure building will be renovated in 2017, providing a significant upgrade for pilots and the aviation community.  The Seaplane Base is located on Devil Track Lake.  Learn more.

Aircraft Owners Pilot's Association, Fly-in to Cook County!


Taconite Harbor Dock is a port facility that was built for the purpose of shipping iron ore pellets to eastern steel mills and receiving coal for the power plant.  The harbor is serviced by a rail line from Hoyt Lakes, on Minnesota’s Iron Range.  The entire operation is idled in 2016 and available for re-purposing.

Lake Superior boat access is available at Taconite Harbor, Tofte, Grand Marais, Horseshoe Bay and Grand Portage.

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