Grand Portage State Park RV & Campground Guide

Minnesota

Nestled on the northwestern tip of Minnesota next to the Canadian border, Grand Portage State Park is a wild and remote escape. The star of the park is High Falls, the tallest waterfall in Minnesota. You can hike through the hardwood forest along the Pigeon River to watch the falls as it thunders over a rocky cliff. A short drive away, the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior offer spectacular sunsets. The rugged landscape isn't the only thing that sets this park apart; it's run jointly by the state of Minnesota and the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, making it the only state-Native American partnership of its kind in the United States. Getting to Grand Portage State Park requires a bit of a drive — Duluth is 150 miles south — but a 40-mile drive brings you to the small town of Grand Marais, where you can find supplies and restaurants. 

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Weather
Spring 15-55 F
Summer 50-70 F
Fall 40-65 F
Winter 0-25 F
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Nearby Cities
Grand Marais, MN
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Grand Portage State Park

Since Lake Superior is less than a mile from Grand Portage State Park, local weather can change in an instant. An RV makes for a warm, dry home base, whether you're visiting in the summer or in the middle of a winter blizzard. If you don't have an RV, an RV rental is the ideal compromise. You can even search for models that offer delivery for complete convenience.

Grand Portage RV Park

Located just 7 miles south of Grand Portage State Park, Grand Portage RV Park is one of the closest camping options. Set up your RV in a site overlooking Lake Superior and fall asleep to the sound of the water. In the cooler months, this park offers fantastic views of the waves on the lake. The park sits right next to the Grand Portage marina, so it's a breeze to launch a kayak or motorboat just steps from your RV. Every site offers full hookups and access to the large, clean restrooms. Rates for waterfront sites start at $47 per night, while other sites are $42 per night. Discounts are available for weekly and monthly stays.

Devilfish Lake Campground

Enjoy a vacation off the grid at Devilfish Lake Campground. With just five campsites, this spot offers peace and quiet. You won't find hookups here, but you will enjoy easy lake access, fishing from the dock, and gorgeous campsites among the trees. Keep in mind that the road to get into the campground can be rough, so it's a good idea to drive ahead in a passenger vehicle to check the condition before taking your RV. This campground is particularly beautiful in the fall. If all of the sites are full, the similarly primitive Esther Lake Campground is minutes away.

Two Island Lake Campground

Save money when you set up camp at Two Island Lake Campground, which is free year-round. This spot, which is tucked deep in the forest, is very peaceful. Inside the campground, you'll find water and vault toilets for convenience. Bring your canoe or kayak since there's a boat launch in the park, so you can paddle out to explore the islands in Two Island Lake.

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Grand Portage State Park

Inside Grand Portage State Park

Start your trip to Grand Portage State Park at the stunning welcome center, which gives a well-curated introduction to the local Ojibwe people. Then, head to the viewing platforms to see High Falls in all its glory, keeping an eye out for wildlife as you go. If you have time, don't miss the fantastic five-mile round-trip hike to Middle Falls. It's particularly spectacular in the fall when the forest blazes with the colors of the changing leaves. The winters are exceptionally cold, snowy and beautiful, so stop by the park office to rent snowshoes for a silent trek through the forest.

Outside Grand Portage State Park

Grand Portage State Park is located in Minnesota's north woods, near some of the most beautiful coastline in the state. Whether you want to brave the waters of Lake Superior or hike through untouched forests, you'll find plenty of activities within a short drive. No matter when you're coming, bring warm layers as even summer evenings can be cool.

Restaurants

Island View Restaurant

Located inside the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, the Island View Restaurant is the closest one to Grand Portage State Park. Specializing in fresh Lake Superior fish and traditional comfort foods, this spot has something for every dietary preference.

Type: American

Location: 70 Casino Dr, Grand Portage, MN 55605

Chicago Bay Marketplace-Bakery

With its small selection of sandwiches and fantastic baked goods, Chicago Bay Marketplace-Bakery is the perfect place to grab lunch to go on your way up to the park. The restaurant also has a small convenience store if you're missing any last-minute essentials.

Type: American

Location: 4971 MN-61, Hovland, MN 55606

Cascade Restaurant and Pub

Enjoy the rustic, wood-paneled dining room at the Cascade Restaurant and Pub. This beautiful spot serves everything from fresh fish to classic burgers. Be sure to check out the excellent craft cocktail menu; the Bloody Mary is a local favorite.

Type: American

Location: 3719 W Hwy 61, Lutsen Township, MN 55612

Shopping

Ryden's Border Store

Ryden's Border Store is located near the Canadian border, less than a mile from Grand Portage State Park. Whether you need to fill up your gas tank, pick up a souvenir, or exchange money before heading to Canada, this friendly spot has you covered.

Location: 9301 Ryden Rd., Grand Portage, MN 55605

Grand Portage Trading Post

Part of the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, the Grand Portage Trading Post is a fun throwback to the historic stores that were part of the area's rich fur-trading past. Pick up everything you need for your camping trip, from groceries to propane tanks.

Location: 77 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN 55605

Runningen Furs

Runningen Furs continues the Grand Portage fur-trading tradition, selling a variety of furs and finished products. The selection of moccasins or winter gloves is ideal for winter camping trips.

Location: 3197 MN-61, Grand Marais, MN 55604

Sightseeing

Grand Portage National Monument

The Grand Portage National Monument celebrates the unique history of the Grand Portage area, detailing its importance in the fur trade between the local Native American people and the North West Company. Explore the reconstructed Fort Charlotte, walk through the Depot and the Great Hall, and learn how trading worked at the Heritage Center. While you're at it, check out the 8.5-mile portage trail that locals used for thousands of years to carry their canoes from the Pigeon River to Lake Superior.

Location: Grand Portage, Minnesota

Explore the Beaches of Lake Superior

Cold and impossibly clear, Lake Superior is unlike any other lake in the United States. You'll find beach access at many points along Highway 61, so it's easy to walk the beach. In the summer, jump in for a swim, build a campfire or look for agates on the shore.

Location: Grand Portage, Minnesota

Judge C.R. Magney State Park

Chase a few more waterfalls at Judge C.R. Magney State Park, which is about 26 miles south of Grand Portage State Park. Known for its excellent trout fishing and wildlife-spotting opportunities, this park offers outdoor fun for everyone. Be sure to hike a section of the Superior Hiking Trail or take the 9-mile trail along the Brule River to discover the many falls in the park. In the winter, the trails are popular for backcountry cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota

Pincushion Mountain Trails

The Pincushion Mountain Trails are a year-round way to explore the hills and forests around Grand Marais. Bring your mountain bike or head out on foot; in the winter, cross-country skiing is a great way to explore.

Location: Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Portage Casino

Get out of the rain or snow with an afternoon at the Grand Portage Casino. This friendly spot, which is just a few miles from Grand Portage State Park, offers a variety of classic slots and table games. If you're not in the mood for gaming, grab a cocktail in the lounge or head down to the waterfront.

Location: Grand Portage, Minnesota

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How to Get to
Grand Portage State Park

There's only one way to get to Grand Portage State Park from within Minnesota: take Highway 61 north from Duluth. This road runs along Lake Superior, offering beautiful views and reasonably paced traffic for your RV.

Entering Grand Portage State Park

Grand Portage State Park is open all year from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The visitor center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Per vehicle : $7

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