mm 144.0 Grand Portage State Park

The Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe share their land at the newest addition to Minnesota’s State Parks. The desire for a safe approach to the 120-foot High Falls of the Pigeon River brought about this unique cooperative effort between the state and the Band. This is the only park in the nation that is managed in partnership with a local Native American band. The result is access for everyone to one of the area’s most impressive natural features.

In addition to the High Falls, the park features a lovely visitor center with natural and cultural displays, restrooms and an excellent gift shop, hiking trails, the Piegeon River and snowshoeing.


COVID-19 Update

State parks, recreation areas, campgrounds, and other public lands remain open to the public for people to enjoy; however, visitors will experience some changes in services available. State park visitor centers, contact stations, and other ancillary buildings will be closed. With contact stations closed, visitors will pay through self-pay and informational kiosks located at each facility. Visitors are also encouraged to purchase daily and annual park passes through the online portal before they visit.

For the time being, state parks naturalist programs are canceled. We are working to determine which of these programs are compatible with social distancing and will resume naturalist programing to the extent possible. State park bathrooms, vault toilets and shower buildings that are currently open will remain open, with increased cleaning protocols.

details from the MN DNR

  • Visitor Center

    Open year round with exhibits, programs, gift shop and restrooms

  • Warming House

    After snowshoeing or winter hikes, head into the visitor center to warm up

  • Maps
  • Historic Sites

    The landmark at the end of the picnic trail is the international border between the United States and Canada.

  • Waterfalls

    Middle and High Falls of the Pigeon River – the 120-foot High Falls are the highest waterfalls located partially within Minnesota (the highest falls totally within Minnesota are the falls at Tettegouche State Park).

  • Picnic Areas

    Picnic tables and outdoor grills, many of which overlook the Pigeon River.

  • Hiking

    4 miles; includes the .5 mile accessible boardwalk to the scenic overlook of the HIgh Falls and the 3.5-mile Middle Falls loop which meanders through woods and leads to the Middle Falls

    • .5-mile accessible trail to main falls
    • 3.5 miles of winter hiking
    • snowshoeing trails
  • Snowshoeing

    The non-plowed .5 mile trail to the High Falls and anywhere in the park. Snowshoe rental available at Visitor Center.