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Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage

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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, 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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  • This park has the highest waterfall on MN's North Shore, Pigeon Falls. The Falls are 120 ft high and can be reached via a paved (accessible) trail that is about a half mile out one way. If you like wa...  more »
  • See the video at the visitor center. There are many waterfalls on the hiking trails from the visitor center. The best is "High falls" which is about 1/2 mile walk on a paved trail (handicapped accessi...  more »
  • Although this state park is small in comparison to some other MN state parks, it is still definitely worth the visit. The visitor center and grounds of the park were all very well maintained, and the ...  more »
  • Really great park and rest area right outside the border crossing. High falls is awesome to see and readily accessible. Rest area was clean with plenty of parking.
  • Nice Scenic park with Beautiful falls. Serene. Love it.
  • It was so beautiful. Walking the trails was the most fun!
  • Awesome views. Cycled from st.paul to see this place
  • If you've never been there in the winter, it's totally amazing. I downgraded the rating as the only employee inside the visitor's center was incredibly rude when asked about the trail conditions (I think information about accessibility to various areas after a foot of snow is worth a full and cordial answer--in the winter some of these park trails aren't safe for some people).