Grand Portage National Monument

For more than 2,000 years, the land at Grand Portage National Monument has been a crucial waypoint for travelers in the Great Lakes region. It sits at one end of the Grand Portage Trail, an 8.5-mile overland route that travels from Lake Superior to Fort Charlotte. Native Americans, fur traders, and explorers carried their boats and goods along the trail to bypass a dangerous section of the Pigeon River. As you explore the reconstructed settlement inside the stockade, visit the heritage center to discover the rich history of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company. If you're up for a challenge, follow in the footsteps of intrepid travelers and hike to the site of Fort Charlotte. No matter where you go, spectacular views of the Lake Superior shore and the dense northern Minnesota forests await.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Grand Portage National Monument

Most visitors start their trip to Grand Portage National Monument at the Heritage Center, which sits on land donated by the Grand Portage Band. Tour the reconstructed buildings and take in the panoramic vista of Lake Superior. If you can brave the cold, take a dip in the lake; alternatively, explore the hiking trails and the expansive grounds. This is an exceptionally remote part of northern Minnesota, so it's a good idea to come with a full tank of gas.

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How To Get To Grand Portage National Monument

If you're driving to Grand Portage National Monument from the United States, the fastest route travels north on MN-61 from Duluth. From Canada, you can drive south on Highway 61 from Thunder Bay.


170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage, MN 55605

Fee: Entry fee $0

Grand Portage National Monument is a fascinating place to learn about Native American history and discover how fur traders made their way into the interior of the continent. The best way to explore this remote location and stay comfortable in the unpredictable Lake Superior weather is to camp in an RV. The beautiful lakeside campsites offer stunning views and spectacular sunrises.