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Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • Super easy hike to an amazing view. Falls are breathtaking, trail is paved and the visitor center is informative. Small state park but incredible 
  • The visitor center is interesting with exhibits on the natural history and native peoples of the area. There is a paved walkway and broad walk out to the the falls. It is a beautiful and easy walk. 
  • I grew up going to this state park but haven't been back in years. The falls is still as lovely as I remember it. Clean trails within the forest, short and easy hike to the falls. There are several vi...  read more »
  • This park has a great view to Canada and parts of Lake Superior as well as Minnesota. The high falls is beautiful. The hike to the middle falls is difficult at some spots and very much like a hike in the mountains. The 2 scenic views between the high and middle falls have the best views in the state, especially the bench overlooking Canada. Truly spectacular views!
  • I been to both side of the border, and I gotta say the US side is more accessible and has a better view than the Canadian side. I have been here twice, in late spring and winter. The Pigeon Falls definitely has a unique view in the winter. If you are on the Canadian side, the middle fall is not far away from the provincial park and it is worth the short drive for some scenic pictures.
  • A beautiful MN State Park. One of the few MN State Parks that have an extended boardwalk (handicap accessible) that gets you very close to High Falls. High Falls is pretty grand and a true sight to behold. Middle Falls is pretty spectacular as well and worth the hike. You can access Middle Falls on the Canadian side more closely.
  • I've been to this park in the winter and the summer. The park is absolutely gorgeous in the summer. The mist from the waterfall is quite refreshing. It's still nice in the winter, just make sure you bring a pair of boots.The paths were iced over and very slippery this last time. The waterfall is only a short walk, take 15 minutes and enjoy the scenery.
  • A great spot right on the border. A nice path that gets you right up to the falls. If you're driving through I recommend stopping
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