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Grand Portage State Park

Lake Superior North Shore, Minnesota

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  • High Falls viewed from the U.S. side of the river.- Grand Portage State Park
  • Double rainbow over Pigeon River.- Grand Portage State Park
  • High Falls.- Grand Portage State Park
  • A rainbow over High Falls.- Grand Portage State Park
  • The aptly named Wooden Trail to High Falls.- Grand Portage State Park
  • The visitor center at Grand Portage State Park.- Grand Portage State Park
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Pros: 
Stunning waterfalls. Free.
Cons: 
Split between the U.S. and Canada.
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Region:
Lake Superior North Shore, MN
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Pigeon River flows between the U.S. and Canada, and the tallest waterfall in Minnesota plummets 120 feet at Grand Portage State Park.

Today, the park contains 6 miles of hiking trails to two waterfalls. The first half-mile is paved and wheelchair accessible to High Falls. The 5-mile round-trip hike to Middle Falls follows a more rugged trail. American Indians created the ancient 9-mile trail from Lake Superior to bypass the falls. This trail became known as "The Grand Portage."

Visit on a sunny day and you might witness a rainbow stretching across the river. Bring your passport or pass card and travel across the Canadian border to visit the park on the other side.

Interpretive signs are displayed along the walkway to learn about the culture and traditions of the Grand Portage Ojibwe people.

Grand Portage State Park is a free day use park. They do not offer camping or other amenities typically offered at Minnesota state parks. 

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