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U.S. Highway 61 – the North Shore Scenic Drive - is designated a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. It is a destination unto itself. It is the North Shore’s primary transportation corridor, linking the port cities of Duluth, MN and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The Pigeon River Border Crossing on Highway 61 at Grand Portage is heavily used for commercial transport and recreational travelers. The Lake Superior Circle Tour is a popular route by auto or motorcycle.
County roads extend inland and service most residential areas. Summer and winter, quality road maintenance and prompt snow removal are priorities for Cook County. Main travel routes include:
The USDA Forest Service and Minnesota DNR maintain an extensive network of forest roads across the county’s interior.
The Grand Marais Cook County Airport CKC and Seaplane Base has an extended 5,000-foot paved runway and heated hangar space. It is a U.S. Customs Landing Rights Airport, May 15 – October 15. The new arrival/departure building provides flight planning, conference room and limited crew rest, and showers for pilots and the aviation community. The Seaplane Base is located on Devil Track Lake.
Lake Superior boat access is available at Taconite Harbor, Tofte, Grand Marais, Horseshoe Bay and Grand Portage.