it's cabin time™ in Esko
Esko is an unincorporated area of Northeastern Minnesota about 15 miles from Duluth. Esko was settled by immigrants between the 1870s and early 1900s. The majority of settlers were Finnish and their culture is reflected in the traditions of the community. In 1919 a small store was built at the corner of what is now Thomson Road and County 61 by a man named Alex Esko. It became known as "Esko's Corner." The Lincoln School was built nearby in 1920 and residents began to move into the area. The name was shortened to "Esko" in 1935.
If your visit lands in the summer, be sure to make the short drive to nearby Cloquet for a professionally Guided Raft Tours down the St Louis River. Minnesota Whitewater Rafting offers Corporate Team Building, Group, and Youth Trips. If you are closer to Carlton, check out Swiftwater Adventures for an exciting guided whitewater rafting and kayaking trip on the St. Louis River near Duluth, Minnesota.
Jay Cooke State Park is a great place to visit for deer hunters and outdoor adventurists. Deer hunting is open from December 4-8, and once the season is over, guests can enjoy cross-country skiing, camping, and day-trips to the falls. If you only have one hour to visit the park, start at the historic River Inn and set out on the iconic Swinging Bridge which sways above the St. Louis River. This route is accessible to all. You can also plan to visit Oldenburg Point for Civilian Conservation Corps structures and glorious views over the St. Louis River valley. The Thomson Pioneer Cemetery dates back to the late 1800s and is a short walk from the parking lot.
After a long day of adventuring, stop by one of the local eateries for a great meal. Eskomo Pizza Pies has a great menu full of delicious handcrafted pizzas. Trapper Pete’s Steakhouse and Saloon has a full bar and several options to choose from on the menu. Guests rave about the steaks and turkey cranberry on rice bread. Another option is the Buffalo House Bar and Restaurant. If you’re traveling with your family, the booths are large enough to seat eight people! Try the local favorite, the Wyatt Earp which is Turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on a grilled hoagie bun for the reasonable price of $12.99.
Enjoy your time in Esko, Minnesota, and book your cabin today!
• Minnesota Whitewater Rafting
• Swiftwater Adventures
• Jay Cooke State Park
• Oldenburg Point
• Thomson Pioneer Cemetery
• Eskomo Pizza Pies
• Trapper Pete’s Steakhouse and Saloon
• Buffalo House Bar and Restaurant