“Waterfalls and Wonder in Grand Portage!”
Torrents of wild water plummet 120 feet over the High Falls down to the Pigeon River in this park on the U.S. - Canadian border. The falls, the highest in the state, presented a serious obstacle to river travel, so a "carrying place," or portage, was necessary. American Indians created the ancient nine-mile trail from Lake Superior to bypass the falls. This trail became known as "The Grand Portage." Today, visitors of all abilities can take a one-half mile trail and boardwalk to the falls overlook area. The park is designed for day use only and contains mixed hardwood-conifer forests and hiking trails along the banks of the Pigeon River. The spectacular scenery sets the stage for recreational opportunities that include hiking, photography, and picnicking. The park lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and is bordered by Canada on the north and east. Lake Superior is about one mile east of the park.
Love the hike up to High Falls. There's a ramp that takes you up. It was icy when we visited in mid-May. We were greeted by a deer on an early Saturday morning. No one else was around. The facilities were very clean. There was a restroom midway up our hike, so I assume they have them throughout the park.
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Grand Portage State Park
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