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Grand Portage State Park

State Park, Provincial Park, or Protected Area
High Falls – Travis Novitsky

Grand Portage State Park is located at the northeastern tip of Minnesota on the Canada–United States border. Its 120-foot High Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state and has been an icon of the area for centuries. The falls and rapids that precede it were obstacles that led the voyageurs and fur traders of the 1700s to craft the area's name Git-che-O-ni-ga-ming (Ojibwe) or Grand Portage (French). In order to connect heavily-used trade routes, these men had to traverse nine miles around the falls from the Pigeon River to Lake Superior. Today, you can walk the accessible half-mile trail and boardwalk for a spectacular view of this magnificent feature.

The park lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and is a welcoming place for all to experience the scenic beauty and learn about local Ojibwe culture. A modern visitor center with
interpretive exhibits and a staffed information center is a good place for those visiting the area, or traveling to or from Canada to stop and relax.

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Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, picnicking, sight-seeing, wildlife-watching, rest area and information center.

Accessibility Notes

Parts of the park are accessible, including the walk to High Falls. For more information, call the park at 218-475-2360.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome in Minnesota State Parks. They must be accompanied at all times, on a six-foot leash and cleaned up after.


Seasons Accessible

The park and information center are open year-round.


Standard Minnesota State Park fees apply. Current pricing for vehicle permits, camping and other amenities can be found at

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