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Grand Portage National Monument

Grand Portage National Monument is located in Northern Minnesota along the North Shore of Lake Superior and near the Canadian Border.

Getting There: Grand Portage National Monument is seven miles south of the Canadian Border on Highway 61. It is an easy day trip from Duluth if that is where you are vacationing.

You will have plenty of time to explore the small towns and state parks along the way, tour the National Monument and get back to your hotel by evening.

If you are camping in a North Shore state park, or staying in Two Harbors, Lutsen, or Grand Marais, the trip is even shorter.

Minnesota hosts two National Monuments - Grand Portage National Monuments and Pipestone National Monument.


Grand Portage National Monument

The Pigeon River that creates part of the border between the U.S. and Canada flows for 22 miles over hazardous obstacles that include waterfalls and rapids. The "grand portage" or "great carrying place" was the early Native Americans passage for transporting their canoes and goods over a rugged 8 1/2 mile long trail. Once European settlers arrived in the area, the North West Fur Company used the same portage.  

 
Grand Portage State Park, just up the road, allows you to take an easy hike to the High Falls also known as Pigeon Falls. Sitting on the viewing platform at the state's highest waterfall is a breath-taking experience no matter how many times we go. 

Grand Portage National Monument

Native American Quotes from the Ojibwe and Lakota traditions.

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I love to explore the reconstructed Ojibwe village. Grand Portage National Monument is part of the Grand Portage Ojibwe Reservation. You can wander on your own, take a guided tour, and participate in the interpretive programs.

Video presentations in the Heritage Center include: "Our Home: The Grand Portage Ojibwe," "The Gift of The Birchbark Canoe," and "A Gap in The Hills: Geography of Grand Portage."

Grand Portage National Monument

Tour the Voyageur Encampment including the Great Hall and Kitchen. Furnishings are from the 1790's. In the Great Hall a costumed guide will tell you about the fur trade and show you the living quarters of the You can smell the food cooking in the kitchen, walk to the Heritage Garden, and see demonstrations by costumed interpreters.

The Grand Portage Heritage Center

Wander through multiple exhibits of historic significance and see beautiful examples of Ojibwe art and learn about Ojibwe oral traditions.

Grand Portage National Monument

Visit Pipestone National Monument in the southern part of Minnesota.

Visit Jeffers Petroglyphs in the same area of the state.

A couple of nearby state parks:  Cascade River State Park   and Judge C.R. Magney State Park

State Parks from Duluth to Grand Portage

Gooseberry Falls State Park - How to Get to Gooseberry Falls State Park: Drive 13 miles northeast of Two Harbors on State Highway 61.  

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park -  How to Get to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park: Drive 20 miles northeast from Two Harbors on Highway 61 to the park entrance.  

Tettegouche State Park - How to Get to Tettegouche State Park: Drive 4.5 miles north of Silver Bay on Highway 61 to the park entrance.   

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park - How to Get to George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park: Drive 7 miles north from the village of Finland on Lake County Road 7.  

Temperence River State Park - How to Get to Temperance River State Park: Drive 1 mile north of Schroeder on Highway 61 to the park entrance.  

Cascade River State Park - How to Get to Cascade River State Park: Drive 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais, just off State Highway 61.  

Judge C R Magney State Park - How to Get to Judge C.R. Magney State Park: Drive 14 miles northeast from Grand Marais on State Highway 61.

Grand Portage State Park - How to Get to Grand Portage State Park: The park is located 5 miles north of Grand Portage on Highway 61. The entrance to the park is on the west side of the highway, just before the U.S. Customs Station on the U.S./Canada border.  

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