Greetings, If you are looking for the most current hours for any dining or retail outlets in Cook County MN – you’ve found it!

This page is updated frequently with area updates, business operations changes, and other information.  If you are a business owner or manager and have a change to your daily operations, please contact Maggie at maggie@visitcookcounty.com.

While many businesses had to close in accordance with Minnesota Governor Walz Executive Orders, there are a number who are working to provide services to the public while maintaining appropriate health and safety standards. See what local businesses are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance safety and cleaning protocols.

Looking for a place to eat? Dining Hours during COVID-19 pandemic

While dine-in meals at Minnesota restaurants are restricted to 50% capacity, curbside pick up and delivery is available at some locations. Click below to see all dining hours and services.

Dining - Local Business Hours 

For information on placing a grocery or liquors store order: https://www.wtip.org/procedures-changing-some-grocery-stores

 

Shop Local! Retail Hours during COVID-19 pandemic

Don’t forget about your favorite small business retailer! Not in the area, consider browsing their online store from where ever you are.

Shopping - Local Business Hours

 

Looking for a place to stay? Browse our complete lodging directory!

Find Lodging

If you are looking for a last minute getaway, please visit our Lodging Availability directory for current vacancies. This spreadsheet is updated weekly by our Visitor Center team.

Current Lodging Availability

Seeking additional information? 

Our Grand Marais Information Center is OPEN:

  • Wed – Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun & Mon 10 am – 4 pm, Closed Tuesdays. Please call (218) 387-2524 or email info@visitcookcounty.com with questions.
  • The Tofte Information Center that was located in the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum is permanently closed.

We are working to maintain business statuses as quickly as changes occur. If you are a business owner, please contact us as your plans change at (218) 387-2524 or email info@visitcookcounty.com

Nature is open with some restrictions

Governor Walz announced that the current Stay at Home order (EO 20-20/20-33) will be allowed to expire on May 18, 2020 urging Minnesotans to continue practicing COVID-19 prevention through personal hygiene and social distancing. We’re updating this page with details on the new regulations and status on State Parks, Camping in the Superior National Forest and Private Campgrounds and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness as information becomes available.

  • State and National Parks & National Monuments on the North Shore
  • Camping in the Superior National Forest & Private Lands in Cook County, MN
    • Dispersed camping in the Superior National Forest is allowed – meaning Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and some Superior Hike Trail campsites are now open for overnight visitors starting May 18th, 2020. A dispersed campsite is a single campsite, not in a developed campground, used for overnight camping. A remote campsite is a designated backpack or watercraft campsite, not in a developed campground, used for overnight camping.
    • Private and public campgrounds are now open for overnight use.
  • Grand Portage Reservation – The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, a federally-recognized Tribal sovereign nation, asks nonresidents to avoid the use of Tribal roads, trails, lakes and lake shores on the Grand Portage Reservation. This request is temporary and is in response to Band’s concerns about nonresidents recreating on the Reservation. The Grand Portage Band asks nonresidents to respect the wishes of the Band and recreate elsewhere until the tentative opening date of June 29, 2020. Click here for more information.
    • Grand Portage Lodge and Casino –  Reopened June 29, 2020.
    • Island View Dining Room – Reopened June 29, 2020.
    • Grand Portage Trading Post – Reopened June 29, 2020.
    • Grand Portage Marina – Reopened June 29, 2020.
    • Grand Portage RV Park and Campground – Reopened June 29, 2020 for RV camping. No tent camping this year.
    • Tribal roads, trails, lakes and lakeshores – Closed to nonresidents. The best way to find out if you can visit a certain lake, river, or trail on the Reservation is to ask a band member or a representative of the Tribal Government or Tribal Staff. Trust Lands and Natural Resources can be reached at 218-475-2415. The Tribal Government office phone number is 218-475-2277.
    • Grand Portage State Park – Reopened June 29, 2020.
    • Grand Portage National Monument – Scheduled to partially reopen June 29, 2020.
    • The United State & Canada border – Closed to non-essential traffic until at least August 21, 2020.
  • The United State & Canada border – Closed to non-essential traffic until at least August 21, 2020.
  • Outdoor Recreational Gear Rental – Outdoor recreational equipment rental outlets. Equipment may be rented but only if the equipment can be effectively sanitized between uses. Such outlets must implement clear check-in and check-out procedures that minimize contact between customers and workers. Any rentals must be conducted in accordance with the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines.
  • Guides – Small one-on-one or one-on-two person guided and instructional activities such as guided fishing, birding, or outdoor fitness training. Guided and instructional activities must be conducted in accordance with the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines.