Grand Portage National Monument. Basic information of the Grand Portage National Monument
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Grand Portage National Monument
In northeastern Minnesota
The partially reconstructed stockade area appears as it did in the 1790s, when it was the North West Company's fur-trading headquarters on Lake Superiors western shore. The 8-mi portage was a vital link on one of the principal routes for Native Americans, explorers, missionaries, and fur trappers heading for the northwest. Daily boat service also runs to Isle Royale National Park in summer. The site was designated a national historic site in 1951 and became a national monument in 1958.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Hiking, picnicking, snowshoeing, touring post. Facilities: Outdoor interpretive exhibits, movies, hiking trails. Bookstore, picnic tables, dock. Programs & Events: Interpretive talks, living-history demonstrations, cultural demonstrations, daily boat trips to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan (mid-June-Labor Day); see separate entry. Grand Portage Rendezvous and Grand Portage Pow Wow (both 2nd full weekend, Aug.). Tips & Hints: Visit mid-June-mid-Sept. for most activities and services. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD & LODGING
Camping: In the park: 2 backcountry sites (free; pit toilets; back-country permit required, see below). In Grand Portage: Grand Portage Marina & Campground (Marina Rd., adjacent to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, tel. 218/475-2476; 10 RV sites, tent camping area; $12-$20; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups; closed Nov.-Apr.). Hotels: None in park. In Grand Marais: Best Western Superior Inn & Suites (U.S. 61 E, tel. 218/387-2240 or 800/842-8439; 56 rooms, 10 suites; $89-$159??). In Grand Portage: Grand Portage Lodge & Casino (U.S. 61, tel. 218/ 475-2401 or 800/543-1384; 100 rooms; $67-$77), Ryden's Border Store, Cafe & Hotel (9301 Ryden Rd., tel. 218/475-2330; 4 rooms; $44; closed mid-Oct.-Apr.). X Restaurants: None in park. In Grand Portage: Island View Dining (Grand Portage Lodge, U.S. 61, tel. 218/ 475-2401??; $6-$10), Ryden's Border Store, Cafe & Hotel (9301 Ryden Rd., tel. 218/475-2330; $4-$9; closed mid-Oct.-mid-Mar).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $3 adults, free ages 16 and under, $6 per family. Parking fee: $3.50 to leave car while taking Isle Royale boats. Backcountry camping permits (free) required (pick up at Grand Portage ranger station and trailheads). No hunting. No motorized vehicles or bikes on trail. Leashed pets only on trail. No pets in buildings or within stockade. Grounds open daily, dawn-dusk. Park facilities open Memorial Day-mid-Oct., daily 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
36 mi northeast of Grand Marais via U.S. 61. Closest airports: Thunder Bay, Canada (45 mi), Duluth, MN (156 mi).
Grand Portage National Monument (Headquarters: Box 668, 315 S. Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604, tel. 218/387-2788, fax 218/387-2790; Site: Box 426, 211 Mile Creek Rd., Grand Portage, MN 55605). Grand Marais Area Tourism Association (Box 1048, Grand Marais, MN 55604, tel. 218/387-2524).
Grand Portage National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the Grand Portage National Monument In northeastern Minnesota