Grand Marais Travel Guide

Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. It is a northern town on the North Shore with a population of 1,351 at the 2010 census. It is also the county seat and sole municipality of Cook County. The area was a bustling fur trading station since the 1700s, and the French Canadian Voyageurs termed the settled village ‘Grand Marais’ which is French for "Great Marsh", referring to a marsh that, in early fur-trading times, was 20 acres (8.1 ha) or less in area, nearly at the level of Lake Superior, and situated at the head of the little bay and harbor that led to the settlement of the village there.


Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. Grand Marais is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, and is an entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, being at the beginning of the Gunflint Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail passes near Grand Marais and Judge C. R. Magney State Park is nearby with the peculiar Devil’s Kettle waterfalls.

How to spend one day in Grand Marais MN

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City of Grand Marais

The City of Grand Marais, Minnesota, is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior and has a population of 1,351 per the 2010 Census.

Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to be the representative voice of county for-profit and non-profit businesses.