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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  • August 6, 2017
    This was a highlight of our trip to the North Shore. Do not miss the opportunity to drive up to Grand Portage State Park. We stopped at Grand Portage National Monument, the Mount Josephine Overlook (w...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    I recently vacationed to Duluth and Minnesota's North Shore, and I made it to 6 of the State Parks on the North Shore! Grand Portage State Park was awesome, and I would highly recommend. I was here on...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Don't head up Hwy 61 and turn back. Go all the way to the border and take this easy, accessible trail to the most spectacular falls. Truly a must-see. Hike around the grounds too. Take the trail from ...  more »
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  • April 24, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    Nice Scenic park with Beautiful falls. Serene. Love it.
  • May 30, 2017
    It was so beautiful. Walking the trails was the most fun!
  • June 29, 2017
    Awesome views. Cycled from st.paul to see this place
  • February 14, 2017
    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).

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