Grand Portage State Park spans a total area of approximately 278 acres of land that is situated in Cook County, Minnesota. The park was established in 1989 and is under the management of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as well as the Grand Portage Indian Reservation.
To access the park, visitors should travel about 36 miles north of the town of Grand Marais which is on Highway 61 close to the US-Canadian border. Once in the park, there are lots of attractions to keep visitors curious and excited about the park's features. For example, the magnificent Lake Superior is close to one mile east of the park.
Also, the park lies within Grand Portage Indian Reservation which has a lot of historical and cultural value in the broader context of the region. Third, the park is home to the renowned ‘Grand Portage Trail.’ This nine-mile trail was created by American Indians in ancient times traveling from Lake Superior and bypassing the High Falls of the Pigeon River.
Additionally, there is a boardwalk trail that leads to an overlook of the High Falls and the steep gorge into which the Pigeon River plunges. Besides these features, the Grand Portage State Park is a favorite among visitors that love to participate in recreational activities like snowshoeing, hiking, and picnicking.
Some of the amenities and conveniences that are available at the park include a visitor center, picnic area, hiking trails (four miles), historic site, snowshoe rentals, wheelchair-accessible trail, interpretive exhibits, and gift shop. Dogs are definitely allowed into the park although some rules regarding dogs must be adhered to.
For example, dogs must always remain leashed. The dog’s leash must be at least six feet in length. If the dog is not on a leash, then the pooch must be secured in an enclosure. Additionally, dogs must be immediately cleaned after by their owner while visiting the Grand Portage State Park.