Permits & Reservations

Blue water flowing over dark rock.

Serenity and quiet pervade the Pigeon River at Fort Charlotte.

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There are two campsites at the Fort Charlotte end of the Grand Portage. Each site is limited to 10 campers or less.

A free camping permit is required for any camping at Fort Charlotte.

One of the campsites at Fort Charlotte is set aside for campers on a first come, first served basis. Campers can check for availability and, if open, obtain their permit at the Heritage Center & Park Headquarters.

Canoe expedition groups planning to camp at Fort Charlotte must make camping reservations ahead of time.

Reservations for a camping permit can be made any time of year.

Please complete and print the Camping Reservation Request. Mail or fax the completed request to the park.

Mailing address:
Grand Portage National Monument
ATTN: Camping Reservation Request
P.O. Box 426
Grand Portage, MN 55605

fax number 218-475-0174.

Or please call the Heritage Center & Park Headquarters during business hours 218-475-0123 and make a reservation by phone. For business hours please see Operating Hours & Seasons.

You may also send your reservation by e-mail to the Grand Portage National Monument Chief Ranger. Please copy, paste and complete the following information in the * Your Message section:

Trip Leader's Name:

Mailing Address:

E-mail Address:

Daytime phone:

Emergency contact:

Group number:

Travel by canoe/foot:

Number of canoes:

Point of entry into Grand Portage National Monument:

Point of exit from the Monument:

Date of arrival:

Date of departure:

Alternate date of arrival:

Alternate date of departure:

Additional information:

For further information about camping, view our camping information page.

Thank you for your cooperation and efforts to help preserve the Fort Charlotte campgrounds for present and future generations of canoeists and backpackers.

Current Hydrograph
The USGS provides a duration hydrograph that is very useful for forecasting paddling conditions on the Pigeon River from South Fowl Lake to Ft. Charlotte. After examining the current hydrogaph (be sure to select the right year) you should note that very difficult paddling conditions can be expected at 100 cfs (cubic feet per second) and below. At this low water stage, you can expect exposed rocks in the river channel- especially where the English portage used to be located. The English portage is likely little used today as there is typically more than sufficient water to float through this section of river. Very good paddling conditions can be expected at 500 cfs. Conditions for paddling become more complex and difficult as discharge increases above 500 cfs.

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