COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA December 9, 2019 (LSN) Cook County is a mecca for serious snowmobilers who enjoy a long ride with delicious food and beverages along the way. With 450 miles of snowmobile trails and an array of dining and lodging available at every turn, Cook County is the perfect destination for a snowmobile adventure.
Tucked between Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains, the area is the primary access point to the world-famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and creates the most memorable backdrop for the perfect winter adventure.
Before hitting the trails that grace the western shore of Lake Superior along Tofte/Schroeder/Lutsen, adventurers for a hot meal and a cold beer. Their famed walleye cakes will start your ride off on a high note. End your journey in the cozy lodging offerings located between Lutsen and Grand Marais, and indulge in some comfort food like the poutine burger and coconut-crusted walleye fingers for an authentic taste of the Northwoods. Riders can also enjoy the talented featured musicians from around the area in the pub.
Continue north to Grand Marais, which offers variety of lodging, ranging from the boutique-style to the quitessential northern Minnesota experience at on the Gunflint Trail, which touts itself as a premier snowmobile destination and offers a full service restaurant and bar. With plenty of dining opportunities, including the highly-praised fry bread tacos and famously delicious beer battered cheese curds and locally crafted beer at this charming small town offers the perfect chance to rest up and fuel up before hitting the trails.
Riding the Gunflint Trail
The Gunflint Snowmobile Trail begins just outside of Grand Marais, offering a scenic, wildlife-sighting-filled adventure of hills and turns. Follow the trail north experience and Instagrammable cocktails like the Spruce Margarita, as featured by The Growler. Finish the day at Hungry Jack Lodge for a comfortable night’s rest, and where you can talk over the next day’s possibilities with their experienced wilderness staff. And equipment rentals and gas are available at this lakeside resort for those who want to enjoy a snowmobile adventure without towing their rigs. It is hard to imagine but this point you’ve only reached the midway point of the Gunflint Trail. Take a minute to enjoy the sights and don’t miss the high bluff overlooking Gunflint Lake. . There are still many miles of trails ahead to discover.
Connecting with the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail, the Grand Portage Trail follows the footsteps of the French fur traders and Indigenous people, who navigated the rugged trail during the 1800s. Finish the journey at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, and enjoy scenic views of Lake Superior coupled with casino excitement.
Put these 2020 snowmobile events on your calendar
The Ridge Riders offers a series of events hosted at key spots through the trail, including the Skyport Lodge Drag Races on Devil Track Lake on Jan. 25, the Hungry Jack Drag Races on Feb. 15 and Poplar Haus Drag Races on Feb. 29. These events are a must for anyone seeking a true snowmobiling adventure. Go by car, snowmobile or however you can to the sponsored stops for the 11th Annual Fun Run on Feb. 1. The event begins at the Ridge Riders grooming shack on Devils Track Lake and ends at the Snowmobile Clubhouse with food, music, cash and prizes. The local snowmobiling club also offers a trail map and serves as trail maintenance and grooming resource throughout the season.
Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west. The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake, Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles
Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Cook County include:
Grand Marais Lutsen Mountains
Gunflint Trail Superior Hiking Trail
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