Backcountry travelers must have their permit in their possession while in the backcountry.
Once camp is established, the permit must be attached to a pack, tent, or other equipment in plain view so it can be easily checked by rangers. A plastic zip-lock style bag will keep your permit dry.
Permits are valid only for the trip leader, itinerary, number of people, and dates specified on the permit.
Permits for all overnight backcountry use must be obtained through Grand Portage National Monument.
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 hydrograph (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.