Savanna Portage State Park, McGregor

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Savanna Portage State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, established in 1961 to preserve the historic Savanna Portage, a difficult 6mi trail connecting the watersheds of the Mississippi River and Lake Superior. The park contains a drainage divide separating the West Savanna River, which drains to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, from the East Savanna River, which flows in an opposite direction to the Saint Louis River, Lake Superior and the Great Lakes, and the Saint Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.Savanna Portage was a canoe portage used by Native Americans for centuries before being used by European explorers, fur traders, Voyageurs, coureurs des bois, and missionaries of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a vital link connecting the Mississippi waterways to the west with the Great Lakes to the east. The portage was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 for having state-level significance in the themes of commerce, exploration/settlement, and transportation. The park which now contains it is located 17mi north and east of McGregor, Minnesota, and approximately 50mi west of Duluth.
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  • Thank you Savanna Portage State Park for grooming your winter hiking trails! We enjoyed the walk around the lake without need for snow shoes. In February 2020 our winter boot hiking is closing soon...  more »
  • Drive-IN camping at Savannah Portage with our two dogs. Weather was mid 60s/40s. Partly Cloudy to Cloudy. There was not a lot of reviews or info on campsites in particular or of the hiking trails...  more »
  • The lakes are so quiet, and it's relatively easy to get campsites near the shore. It's a North Woods treasure to have a few places where only electric human-powered boats can go. The park offers many amenities: rowboat and canoe rentals, fishing kit checkouts (free!), trails for mountain biking or hiking, and campsites from electric to rustic cabin to flat, smooth tent pads.
  • Great state park, third largest per acreage in the state park system. Stocked trout lakes, beautiful fens, and home of a trail that runs along the continental divide that separates where water that flows into the Atlantic via the great lakes and St. Lawrence seaway and water that flows into the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi river. Very cool state park!

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