Grand Marais, Minnesota

The charm of Grand Marais is that it is a village with a lot to do, but you can do nothing at all. Grand Marais is home to a deep and varied arts community, a multi-generation group of locals who still log and fish and provide services, and all the restaurants, shops, lodging and attractions visitors’ desire. With the big lake at its doorstep and Superior National Forest for a backyard, outdoor opportunities abound.

 

 

North House Folk School
North House Folk School

500 West Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Engage in hands-on learning through over 400 classes each year – blacksmithing to woodworking, bread baking to weaving, timberframing to basketry! Stop by campus to browse the school store, sail on Lake Superior on the schooner Hjordis, or see live… see more

Engage in hands-on learning through over 400 classes each year – blacksmithing to woodworking, bread baking to weaving, timberframing to basketry! Stop by campus to browse the school store, sail on Lake Superior on the schooner Hjordis, or see live crafting in action. The school’s mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that enspires the hands, the heart, and the mind.

Voyageur Brewing Company Tour
Voyageur Brewing Company Tour

233 Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

We’d love to give you a tour and show you how we make our craft beer.  You need to reserve your space online in advance.  No payment is necessary at the time of booking the reservation but we we do ask you to… see more

We’d love to give you a tour and show you how we make our craft beer.  You need to reserve your space online in advance.  No payment is necessary at the time of booking the reservation but we we do ask you to bring a $5 donation that we can give to one of our Cook County non-profits.

The tour of the brewery begins and ends in the Taproom. A knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will explain the brewing process to you and show you the ingredients and equipment needed to make craft beer.

Tour Details:

  • Tour of facility($5 donation)
  • Tours take approximately 45 minutes
  • Complimentary beer samples included for guests 21+
  • Everyone is welcome in the tasting room and gift shop
  • Recommended for ages 12+
  • Limited to 20 guests per tour
  • Tours must be booked in advance
  • Please wear closed toe shoes

Don’t forget to register all members of your party, including your kids.

Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend so some other lucky fan will get to enjoy the tour.

Grand Marais Charters
Grand Marais Charters

Grand Marais

Captain Gary is a USCG licensed charter boat captain with over 30 years of experience fishing out of the Grand Marais marina on Lake Superior.  During May and June, we will be downrigging in deeper water for lake trout and… see more

Captain Gary is a USCG licensed charter boat captain with over 30 years of experience fishing out of the Grand Marais marina on Lake Superior.  During May and June, we will be downrigging in deeper water for lake trout and salmon.   During the months of July, August, and September the salmon action picks up and the lake trout come closer to the surface.  During these months we will be using a combination of downriggers, boards, and dipsy divers.

Cook County Historical Society
Cook County Historical Society

8 South Broadway | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Operates out of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House and runs the Johnson Heritage Post log gallery, old Chippewa Church, has a replica Fish house, an original 1935 commercial fishing tug, and is renovating the old Bill Bally Blacksmith shop.

Operates out of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House and runs the Johnson Heritage Post log gallery, old Chippewa Church, has a replica Fish house, an original 1935 commercial fishing tug, and is renovating the old Bill Bally Blacksmith shop.

North Shore Music Association
North Shore Music Association

51 West 5th Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and supporting musical arts and musicians in northeast Minnesota with a focus on entertainment, education and cultural enrichment.

The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and supporting musical arts and musicians in northeast Minnesota with a focus on entertainment, education and cultural enrichment.

Grand Marais Boat Rides and Reel Swede Charters
Grand Marais Boat Rides and Reel Swede Charters

Grand Marais

We leave the dock in the morning and head out in search of Lake Superior’s Trout and Salmon. All ages are welcome and our USCG license allows us to take up to 6 passengers. Captain Randy is a USCG licensed… see more

We leave the dock in the morning and head out in search of Lake Superior’s Trout and Salmon. All ages are welcome and our USCG license allows us to take up to 6 passengers.

Captain Randy is a USCG licensed boat captain.  He  has been navigating the waters of the great lakes since 1984.  With over 30 years of experience on inland water, Gulf of Mexico, and the great lakes.  He has boated on Lake Michigan, Lake Ontario, and Lake Superior.  Lake Superior is our favorite, and where we stay today.

Grand Marais Art Colony

120 West 3rd Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Art classes, workshops, studio access, events and a wonderful small shop.

Art classes, workshops, studio access, events and a wonderful small shop.

Grand Marais Art Colony
Grand Marais Art Colony

120 West 3rd Avenue | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Non-profit art center offering year-round art classes, studio access, and events for all skill levels from novice to professional artist. Visit the Gallery Store featuring local artists and instructors. Check out exhibits and get a tour of printmaking, glass, ceramics… see more

Non-profit art center offering year-round art classes, studio access, and events for all skill levels from novice to professional artist. Visit the Gallery Store featuring local artists and instructors. Check out exhibits and get a tour of printmaking, glass, ceramics and 2D art studios.

Grand Marais Public Library
Grand Marais Public Library

104 2nd Avenue West | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Open Monday through Saturday, stop by to see what is on the events calendar. Free book exchange and Library Friends Books sale rack.

Open Monday through Saturday, stop by to see what is on the events calendar. Free book exchange and Library Friends Books sale rack.

Cook County Community YMCA
Cook County Community YMCA

105 West 5th Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

The Y is a full service facility complete with basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, indoor track, Kid’s Club, kids play room, lap pool with a zero depth play area, water slide, whirlpool, sauna, weight room, cardio room, group fitness studio,… see more

The Y is a full service facility complete with basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, indoor track, Kid’s Club, kids play room, lap pool with a zero depth play area, water slide, whirlpool, sauna, weight room, cardio room, group fitness studio, showers, family changing rooms, and meeting space. Youth, adult and family day passes. Visitors welcome!

Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Arrowhead Center for the Arts

51 west 5th Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Home of the North Shore Music Association and the Grand Marais Playhouse

Home of the North Shore Music Association and the Grand Marais Playhouse

Big Lake Charters

Grand Marais

Welcome aboard the 2 Eazy!!  The 2 Eazy is a 1992 Searay Sundancer 290 29 feet in length with a 9-foot beam. Your Captain Tom (2E) Bernier is a US Coast Guard Certified Charter Boat Captain. I started fishing Lake… see more

Welcome aboard the 2 Eazy!!  The 2 Eazy is a 1992 Searay Sundancer 290 29 feet in length with a 9-foot beam. Your Captain Tom (2E) Bernier is a US Coast Guard Certified Charter Boat Captain. I started fishing Lake Superior when I was 13 and have yet to stop, This gives me almost 40 years of fishing experience on the Big Lake. The boat is equipped with Radar, GPS/Sonar, Downriggers, Rods, Reels, divers, and lures. The boat also has a full head and all safety equipment on board.

Isle Royale Seaplanes

Grand Marais Airport | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Join us for unmatched sights and scenery only seaplane travel can deliver. When you’re in the air you will see views of Minnesota’s rugged shoreline few ever do. On top of this experience, it’s all capped off by an on-water… see more

Join us for unmatched sights and scenery only seaplane travel can deliver. When you’re in the air you will see views of Minnesota’s rugged shoreline few ever do. On top of this experience, it’s all capped off by an on-water take off and landing in Devil’s Track Lake—all adding up to an adventure you won’t soon forget. Isle Royale Seaplanes offers flights to/from Isle Royale National Park, for backpackers, lodge guests, and day-trippers alike! 

We also offer scenic seaplane tours around Grand Marais, MN!

Start your adventure with us!

Cook County Historical Sites

8 South Broadway | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Founded in 1924, the Cook County Historical Society operates five buildings: the Historical Society Museum (the 1896 Lighthouse Keeper’s House) since 1966; the Johnson Heritage Post (JHP) ; St. Francis Xavier’s Chippewa City Church; Bally Blacksmith Shop; and a 1930’s… see more

Founded in 1924, the Cook County Historical Society operates five buildings: the Historical Society Museum (the 1896 Lighthouse Keeper’s House) since 1966; the Johnson Heritage Post (JHP) ; St. Francis Xavier’s Chippewa City Church; Bally Blacksmith Shop; and a 1930’s fish house replica. Alongside the fish house is the 35’ fishing tug, Neegee, built in 1935. All sites are located in the greater downtown Grand Marais area and are free to the public serving all of Cook County as well as our visitors. Other programs include: Passport into the Past is intended to educate elementary students about local history, Small Talks is a series of short history events. A quarterly newsletter the Overlook reaches more than 600 members.

Joe’s Inland Fishing Guide Service

Grand Marais

Enjoy a guided fishing trip in our Classic 165 Alumacraft. Equipped with a 50HP 4-stroke and up-to-date electronics. We also supply rods & reels, bait, tackle, and life vests. Catch and Release or take them home. We clean and package… see more

Enjoy a guided fishing trip in our Classic 165 Alumacraft. Equipped with a 50HP 4-stroke and up-to-date electronics. We also supply rods & reels, bait, tackle, and life vests.

Catch and Release or take them home. We clean and package your catch upon request. If you don’t want to touch your bait or fish I’ll do that for you. I was born and raised here so I know all the good spots! My Idea of a good fishing trip: Safety First!, Catching Fish, and Good Conversation.

Sorry, we do not do expeditions on Lake Superior. Children Welcome!

Putt N Pets

2014 W Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Miniature Golf, Farm Animals and Gemstone Mining We are a unique 18-hole miniature golf course with furry and feathered friends to keep you company while you golf. We have also added a gemstone mining operation, complete with water tower, waterfalls… see more

Miniature Golf, Farm Animals and Gemstone Mining

We are a unique 18-hole miniature golf course with furry and feathered friends to keep you company while you golf. We have also added a gemstone mining operation, complete with water tower, waterfalls and a sluice!

Open mid-May through October

joy and company

16 First Avenue West | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen in a historic building. Housing a shared Maker’s Space, Nordic Wooden Ware, and the definitive source for art supplies. Create – Connect – Collaborate. Serving Indie Makers and Entrepreneurs.

Featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen in a historic building. Housing a shared Maker’s Space, Nordic Wooden Ware, and the definitive source for art supplies. Create – Connect – Collaborate. Serving Indie Makers and Entrepreneurs.

Grand Marais Playhouse

51 West 5th Street | Grand Marais , MN 55604

The Grand Marais Playhouse is a non-profit community theater dedicated to offering high quality theater and educational opportunities. We value artistic challenge, diversity, community and collaboration. We believe that theater arts enrich the lives of our citizens, enhance the education… see more

The Grand Marais Playhouse is a non-profit community theater dedicated to offering high quality theater and educational opportunities. We value artistic challenge, diversity, community and collaboration. We believe that theater arts enrich the lives of our citizens, enhance the education of our children, strengthen the economic stability of our community and make Cook County a better place to live.

Stone Harbor Fly Fishing Guides

Grand Marais

Fly fishing opportunities abound near Grand Marais. The tributaries that flow into Lake Superior and our inland lakes are some of Minnesota’s most wild and scenic settings. Our guides are experienced and accomplished in a few sport-fishing methods, including fly-fishing… see more

Fly fishing opportunities abound near Grand Marais.

The tributaries that flow into Lake Superior and our inland lakes are some of Minnesota’s most wild and scenic settings. Our guides are experienced and accomplished in a few sport-fishing methods, including fly-fishing and spin-fishing or baitcasting. Stone Harbor also specializes in the Japanese-style fly-fishing known as Tenkara. We’ve taught clients new methods and have had them fishing in a matter of hours.

No previous experience is required. Each tour begins with outfitting and then basic instruction occurs at the lake/tributary. We cover kick boat operation, stream wading technique, and basic fly casting.

North House Folk School

500 West Highway 61 | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Offering diverse coursework ranging from sausage making to timber framing. Handcrafted, unique gift items including hand woven birch bark baskets, traditional rosemaling, nalbound hats and mittens. Get inspired by our large collection of craft books.

Offering diverse coursework ranging from sausage making to timber framing. Handcrafted, unique gift items including hand woven birch bark baskets, traditional rosemaling, nalbound hats and mittens. Get inspired by our large collection of craft books.

Arrowhead Center for the Arts

51 West 5th Street | Grand Maris, MN 55604

The Arrowhead Center for the Arts celebrates and promotes the arts, artists, and the uniquely creative culture of Minnesota’s North Shore and Arrowhead regions. The Arrowhead Center for the Arts is a managed by the school. The Center serves the… see more

The Arrowhead Center for the Arts celebrates and promotes the arts, artists, and the uniquely creative culture of Minnesota’s North Shore and Arrowhead regions. The Arrowhead Center for the Arts is a managed by the school. The Center serves the community and visitors with theatre, music, and an eclectic array of year-round cultural events.

Eight Broadway Galleries

8 Boradway | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Working artist studios, demos, watercolor lessons. Local Minnesotan and Canadian artists. Lots of Northwoods images and handcrafted work.

Working artist studios, demos, watercolor lessons. Local Minnesotan and Canadian artists. Lots of Northwoods images and handcrafted work.

The Big Lake

12 1st Ave W | Grand Marais, MN 55604

Seek Adventure – Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures – Discover Wild Beauty Here at The Big Lake we encourage everyone to live their lives seeking adventures, enjoying all of life’s simple pleasures along the way and to constantly be on the… see more

Seek Adventure – Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures – Discover Wild Beauty

Here at The Big Lake we encourage everyone to live their lives seeking adventures, enjoying all of life’s simple pleasures along the way and to constantly be on the lookout for the wild beauty that surrounds us all. In our shop and website, you will find a wide variety of wall art, ceramics, jewelry gifts, crafts and books that all reflect the beauty, culture, and allure of the North Shore of Lake Superior. From locally made ceramic mugs, amusing prints of feisty forest animals, books ideal for north woods children, and striking gemstone jewelry, we promise to have something for everyone at The Big Lake.

Johnson Heritage Post

115 Wisconsin Street | Grand Marais, MN 55604

The nonprofit Art Gallery features local, regional, and national artists in revolving exhibits, as well as featuring a permanent collection of original art by Anna Johnson, an early 1900s artist.

The nonprofit Art Gallery features local, regional, and national artists in revolving exhibits, as well as featuring a permanent collection of original art by Anna Johnson, an early 1900s artist.

North Shore Outdoors

Grand Marais

Take a charter fishing trip on Lake Superior and fish for trout and salmon or go inland and fish for Smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern pike or muskie or do both! I offer a morning Lake Superior Charter, the donut run,… see more

Take a charter fishing trip on Lake Superior and fish for trout and salmon or go inland and fish for Smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern pike or muskie or do both! I offer a morning Lake Superior Charter, the donut run, and an evening inland fishing package.

Stops Along the Way

 

have a picnic north shoreCut Face Creek Wayside (mile marker 104.0)

Pick up treats in town and picnic shoreside at this lovely little stop. Include a stop 0.5 mile to the west at the scenic overlook for views of Seagull Rock in the foreground, Grand Marais in the distance and Lake Superior everywhere

 

 

pinuchsion overlook grand marais mnPincushion Mountain Overlook & Trails (mile marker 109.2+)

Mountain bike ride, hike, ski and snowshoe the Pincushion Mountain trails, or just enjoy the panoramic overlook from the parking area; drive north .7 miles on 5th Ave W, then left on the Gunflint Trail 1.5 miles, then right on Pincushion Drive .2 miles.

 

 

start of the gunflint trail mnWelcome to the Gunflint Trail (mile marker 109.4+)

Pose in front of the old entrance to the Gunflint Trail, arched on the north side of the highway near the library. Did you know the library has an assortment of books for sale and for free?

 

 

grand marais mn harborThe Harbor (mile marker 109.5+)

Skip stones, gaze, look for an agate, bliss out, watch for a flock of seagulls and see if it is following Harley, the local commercial fisherman, into his docks.

 

 

 

grand marais mnWalk About Town (mile marker 109.6+)

Park out on Artist Point, follow the beach around the harbor, walk the covered bridge into the campground, wind your way through, skirt Lake Superior and climb to Sweetheart’s Bluff. Feeling invigorated after the downhill return? Walk the 3-mile round-trip paved Gitchi Gami trail westward out of town to the cemetery and distant lake views before returning downtown.

 

artist point grand marais mnArtist Point (mile marker 109.6+)

Artist Point is the island and tombolo [connector] that makes up the east side of the harbor and leads out to the east breakwall and lighthouse; a drop of wilderness in the lake. And so inspiring!

 

 

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