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Grand Portage State Park

Grand Portage State Park is located in the Arrowhead region of northeastern Minnesota near the Canadian border north of Grand Marais. 

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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.

Park Highlights:

  • Though this is one of Minnesota's smallest state parks, a short hike, and a climb up the staircase, will take you to our state's highest waterfall. Pigeon Falls, also known as The High Falls, drops 120 feet from its source in the Pigeon River. The portage around the falls was created by Native Americans in order to get around this obstacle to river travel. A wheelchair accessible boardwalk leads to the falls. To see the falls in winter, you can rent snowshoes from the park office.
  • A landmark near the park marks the U.S./Canada border. A gift shop in the park includes products that feature Indian culture and the natural attractions of this area. Grand Portage's Natural Attractions: The park is located on the Grand Portage Indian reservation and is leased to the State of Minnesota. The spectacular scenery offered by the river, the falls, and the hardwood forest is the park's greatest attraction.

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Things to Do in Grand Portage State Park: Picnic along the Pigeon River. There are nine picnic sites, most with views of the river. Take a longer hike along the river to the smaller Middle Falls. Cross into Canada to view the falls from the Canadian side; you will need your passport. You can park at the Ontario Travel Information Center, hike under the bridge, and then follow the river back to view the falls.

Grand Portage State Park Camping

Camping in Grand Portage State Park: This is a day-use-only park, and has no campsites. You can camp at Grand Portage Marina and RV Park just six miles south. You can also camp at any of the many Minnesota State Park campgrounds on the North Shore and make a day trip to Grand Portage.

Grand Portage National Monument has an excellent living history museum in this area, where Native Americans and Europeans gathered to buy and sell fur pelts. Many of the buildings have been reconstructed in the 1797 style, and costumed guides share stories and skills from that era.

The town of Grand Portage is also on the Indian Reservation and offers many attractions, including excursions to Isle Royale. The nearby Grand Portage Lodge and Casino has a hotel and several restaurants. Visit during the second week of August for Grand Portage Rendezvous Days and Powwow.

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Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Gooseberry Falls State Park > Split Rock Lighthouse State Park > Tettegouche State Park > George Crosby Manitou State Park > Temperance River State Park > Cascade River State Park > Judge C R Magney State Park

Grand Portage State Park Visitor Center


9393 East Highway 61
Grand Portage, MN 55605
tel: 218-475-2360
fax: 218-475-2365

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