Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage

#15 of 141 in Nature in Minnesota
Grand Portage State Park is a state park at the northeastern tip of Minnesota, USA, on the Canada–United States border. It contains a 120ft waterfall, the tallest in the state (though it is on the border with Canada and thus partially in Ontario), on the Pigeon River. The High Falls and other waterfalls and rapids upstream necessitated a historically important portage on a fur trade route between the Great Lakes and inland Canada. This 8.5mi path plus the site of forts on either end are preserved in nearby Grand Portage National Monument. The state park, held by the surrounding Grand Portage Indian Reservation and leased to the state of Minnesota for $1 a year, is the only U.S. state park jointly managed by a state and a Native American band. It is also the only Minnesota state park not owned by the state.
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  • We visited in July 2020, there were nine of us (adults and kids). The hike to the falls wasn't too hard, paved walking path and pretty shady the entire way. The path is quite narrow, so during the...  more »
  • Just on the other side of the Pigeon River from Canada, this is a good park, and probably better than Pigeon River Provincial Park on the Canadian side. Easy to navigate paths, a decent information.....  more »
  • Beautiful park! Nice welcome center and hiking trails. The falls are amazing! Our entire group hiked up to see the high falls. I will say however, that when we got there a number of us were waiting to use the rest room. A guy was cleaning the ladies room, which I appreciate, but was taking a very long time. I think he could have paused so we could go and finish up when we were done.
  • Great waterfall! The main attraction I'd very fun and easy for the whole family! Watch out about what you hear about the hike to middle falls. Not something you would do in sandals or with elderly or young kids, it's about a hour or more of uphill and downhill hiking, with slippery, rocky terrain! Regardless, very fun!

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