Grand Portage State Park
Torrents of wild water plummet 120 feet over the High Falls down to the Pigeon River in this park on the U.S. - Canadian border. The falls, the highest in the state, presented a serious obstacle to river travel, so a "carrying place," or portage, was necessary. American Indians created the ancient nine-mile trail from Lake Superior to bypass the falls. This trail became known as "The Grand Portage." Today, visitors of all abilities can take a one-half mile trail and boardwalk to the falls overlook area. The park is designed for day use only and contains mixed hardwood-conifer forests and hiking trails along the banks of the Pigeon River. The spectacular scenery sets the stage for recreational opportunities that include hiking, photography, and picnicking. The park lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and is bordered by Canada on the north and east. Lake Superior is about one mile east of the park.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Front desk winter hours:
Over the winter the visitor center desk is staffed weekdays 10-3 and weekends 10-4.
Minnesota's Number One Waterfall!
Experience the majesty and scenic wonder of Minnesota's tallest waterfall! Three viewing decks at High Falls provide park visitors with various views for photography or quiet contemplation.
Exhibit Hall News:
Interpretive displays introduce guests to the culture and traditions of the Grand Portage Ojibwe people. Four life-sized murals frame a story of seasonal movement and a subsistence lifestyle that is valued by many to this day. Members of the Ojibwe community directed the development of these displays. Park visitors get a unique 'sense of place' at the only state park located within an Indian Reservation on land owned by the Tribe.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Visitor Center and Rest Area:
The rest area bathrooms and lobby displays are open 24 hours a day.
All park trails and outdoor exhibits are open every day. A new picnic shelter is open for public use.
Winter Hours for the Nature Store, Indoor Display Hall & Travel Information:
Weekends 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Weekdays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle Falls Trail restoration was completed fall 2013. Visitors now describe this trail as having "a personality very much worth experiencing!":
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Grand Portage State Park.
Click Here for the Bird Checklist at Grand Portage State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
If no one is available, please leave a message.
9393 East Highway 61
Grand Portage, MN 55605
From the town of Grand Marais, Minnesota, travel north on State Highway 61 for about 36 miles to the Canadian Border. The park entrance is on the west side of the highway, just before you come to the U.S. Customs Station on the US/Canada border.