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

Vehicle permits are not required at this park.

Rest Area facilities are open including parking lots, visitor center lobby and restrooms.

All park trails are open for use but snow is not cleared from the trails. Visitors should expect a mixture of conditions depending on recent weather patterns. Trails could be hard-packed and icy or covered with deep snow if there have been recent storms. The park does not have any groomed Ski or Snowmobile trails.

Visitors are welcome to snowshoe on any of the trails. The High Falls Trail is an easy snowshoe hike on a wide, relatively flat trail. The Middle Falls Trail has steep, rugged terrain and should only be attempted by advanced snowshoe users.

The information desk, gift shop and interpretive display hall remain closed until further notice.

  • 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.