7 Tips for Battling the Bugs

Summer at Okontoe is beautiful, and it brings faithful visitors every year. Our most faithful visitors, though, are the ones we want to get rid of the most—bugs. But don’t worry—you can beat them! Here are some ways to fight the bugs during your stay at Okontoe! 1. Wear Protective Clothing Wear loose-fitting clothes that … Read more

Amazingly Easy Campfire Starters

campfire closeup

Have you ever been in that frustrating place where you’re trying to get your campfire going and it’s just not happening? Then check out these super easy campfire starters… One of the most fun parts of camping is having a campfire, whether you want to cook over it or simply enjoy it. But sometimes they’re … Read more

Shovel Point Hike in Tettegouche State Park

fog along lake superior

Shovel Point is one of the North Shore’s most scenic and accessible hikes—if you can find a parking spot at the hugely popular Tettegouche Visitor Center! What We Love about the Hike to Shovel Point The Stunning Views You’ll not be on the trail three minutes before the first overlook. In this view you’ll see … Read more

Hiking Mount Josephine on Minnesota’s North Shore

woman overlooking lake superior from Mt Josephine

Mount Josephine is just five miles from the US/Canada international border. The hike to its summit is one of the most beautiful in the state. Don’t miss it if you’ll be in the Grand Marais/Grand Portage area! Why You’ll Love the Mount Josephine Hike It’s Challenging If you start at the trailhead (more on that … Read more

The Best Hiking Trails on the North Shore

Lake Superior cove surrounded by rocky cliffs

Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior is one of the best hiking destinations in the Midwest. During your stay at Okontoe (or on your way up or back), be sure to take some time to explore at least a couple of these. Hiking is so good along the North Shore that an entire trail system … Read more