• A fall day on Mt. Rose overlooking the historic depot at Grand Portage.

    Grand Portage

    National Monument Minnesota

Getting Around

Visitors listen to an interpretive ranger in Grand Portage National Monument's Ojibwe Village.
Visitors listen to an interpretive ranger in Grand Portage National Monument's Ojibwe Village.
NPS Photo / Linda Morrison
 

Most visitors to Grand Portage National Monument arrive to the park by traveling along Highway 61 (North Shore Scenic Drive). Once you arrive in the Heritage Center parking lot, most areas of the Monument can be accessed by short walks along sidewalks or accessible paths.

These facilities are available close to the Heritage Center parking lot:
Heritage Center: exhibits (archeology, Grand Portage collections, fur trade cultural and natural history), video (The Great Carrying Place), interactive video (The Art of the Trade, Grand Portage Stories), book/gift shop and accessible restrooms.

  • For those arriving by bike, a rack to lock your bicycle is located on the sidewalk to the Heritage Center. Thanks for helping to conserve the earth's precious resources by choosing to travel by bike!
  • Please Note: An electric powered golf cart is available by asking an information duty ranger at the front desk of the Heritage Center to take disabled visitors to the historic site.

Grand Portage Historic Site: Pedestrian paths lead visitors to the reconstructed structures and adjacent facilities.


Historic Site which includes: (Ojibwe Village, Three Sisters Garden, Voyageur Encampment, accessible restrooms, dock into Grand Portage Bay, Canoe Warehouse, trails around entire Stockade, Great Hall, kitchen, kitchen garden and gatehouse)

Grand Portage corridor

  • The Portage corridor begins at the main gate of the stockade underneath the gatehouse. For those wishing to hike the whole (8 ½ mile) distance of the Grand Portage, the main stockade gate is the starting point.
  • The corridor can also be accessed about half way to Fort Charlotte, which is located on the Pigeon River, by driving up County Road 17 (local name: Parson's Hill) to Old Highway 61 taking the right fork past Mineral Center's Crawford Cabin on the left then Mount Maude Road on the left then another mile or so to a marked parking area which can accommodate about four regular size vehicles. Total driving distance from the new Highway 61 is about eight miles

Mount Rose Trail
The Mount Rose Trail is a paved pedestrian path with spectacular views to Grand Portage Bay and Isle Royale National Park accessed on a "Y" off the Grand Portage footpath a short distance from the historic site gatehouse and main gate.

Picnic tables
Are available by crossing a foot bridge at the mouth of Grand Portage Creek or driving east on County Road 17 across the Works Progress Administration (WPA) stone bridge and parking along a gravel road adjacent to the lakeside picnic grounds. This area is also the historic porkeaters (mangeurs du lard) camp and the location of the historic encampment during the annual Rendezvous Days and Powwow.

Backcountry Camping
Hiking the Grand Portage or taking canoe/kayak routes through the Forest Service's Boundary Waters Canoe Area through South Fowl Lake and portaging to the Pigeon River allows access to the site of Fort Charlotte and backcountry campgrounds.

  • Please Note: The Fort Charlotte Campgrounds are the only areas where camping is allowed in Grand Portage National Monument. We suggest you boil water or filter it while camping at Fort Charlotte.

Did You Know?

A beaver pelt and felt hat at Grand Portage National Monument.

The under-fur of the beaver have microscopic barbs which make excellent quality felt for hats of the 16th-18th centuries. This hidden property was the reason why the beaver was the "standard" pelt for the fur trade.