To our neighbours to the north, we are beyond thrilled to welcome you to Cook County, Minnesota! We’re just 75 beautiful miles down the road from Thunder Bay, and our four unique communities of Grand Portage, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail and Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder are full of incredible outdoor adventures and entertainment opportunities waiting for you to experience.

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Welcome to Thrills

There’s no shortage of high-adrenaline thrills in store for you in Cook County. Spend a few days at Lusten Mountains. Snowmobile through the Superior National Forest. Explore the beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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Welcome to Winning

The beautifully-designed, expertly-run Grand Portage Lodge and Casino facility offers modern gaming, live entertainment, exquisite dining, comfortable lodging and deep connections to nature and culture.

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Welcome to One-of-a-Kind

Local art. Unique shops. Handcrafted food and beverages. There’s no place quite like Cook County. It’s truly one-of-a-kind and waiting for you to explore, experience and indulge.

Cook County Border Crossing Basics

Crossing the border has never been easier, even in a post-COVID world. The Grand Portage Pigeon River border crossing between Ontario and Minnesota is open 24/7/365. Canadian citizens should bring along one of the following valid WHTI-compliant documents:

  • Passport
  • NEXUS card
  • FAST card
  • EDL or EIC from a province or territory with a U.S.-approved EDL/EIC program


If you have questions or concerns about your crossing, please visit Canadian Border Services Agency website and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for more detail ahead of your visit.

After crossing, head south on the North Shore Scenic Drive into Grand Portage. If Grand Portage is not your final destination, you can make your way south on Highway 61 to reach Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail, and Lutsen, Tofte and Schoeder. 

We are excited to welcome you back. See you soon!

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Don’t just visit Cook County. Experience it like a pro with the hottest deals in the state. We’ve worked with our local vendors, artisans and owners to curate the best prices and most unique packages for our out-of-town visitors. Check out our hot deals today.

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