The quaint harbor village of Grand Marais is on the northern shores of Lake Superior. It is only 110 miles from Duluth and is an easy drive along North Shore Scenic Drive (Hwy 61).
In 2014, the population was around 1,400 residents, but in the summer months, the population can balloon to as many as 20,000.
Grand Marais was named America’s Coolest Small Town by Budget Travel Magazine and the Next Great Adventure Town by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Grand Maris is located in Cook County which is the second largest by area in MN. The county was established in 1874 but was originally named Lake County. The name was later changed to honor Civil War Veteran Major Michael Cook of Fairbault. Major Cook also served as a territorial and state senator from 1857-1862. Grand Marais is the start of the historical Gunflint Trail that leads to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Now a popular tourist destination, but it was originally a foot path for travelers and fur traders. For centuries, Grand Marais was a Native American village. The Ojibwe tribe called it Kitchi-Bitobig, meaning “double body of water.” In 1903, with a population of 22, Grand Marais was incorporated.
Grand Marais Harbor is a small double harbor protected by Artist’s Point which is a barrier island that was formed by lava. In the 1800's, Henry Mayhew a noted explorer, entrepreneur, and county commissioner built the lighthouse, warehouses, dock, and a hotel along the harbor shoreline.
Grand Marais is a culturally diverse community that appeals to artists, students, outdoorsmen, and nature lovers. There are many tasty eateries and various local shops that offer everything from home made fudge to elegant works of art.
According to shipwreck historian Frederick Stonehouse, the southern shore of Lake Superior between Grand Marais, Michigan, and Whitefish Point is known as the “Graveyard of the Great Lakes.” There are 350 recorded shipwrecks with more than 1000 lives lost.
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Lake Superior is the home of many unexplained and mysterious phenomenon. Dating back to the earliest inhabitants who spoke of water gods, people along the North Shore have found themselves having spooky encounters with UFO's, haunted businesses, men in black, mystifying creatures and dangerous sea serpents. Supernatural researcher and author Chad Lewis has written several books about Minnesota supernatural experiences.
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This lake is 1,876 acres in size. It is approximately 50 feet deep at its deepest point.
Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including
Devil Track Lake gets its name from the Ojbwe Tribe. It is believed that a more accurate translation would be Spirit Track Lake.
Carry down launch and pier at Devil Track Campground - 128 Wesley Lane - 1.1 miles from the cabins.
Concrete trailer launch at 1502 Devil Track Lake Road - .4 miles from the cabins.