Permits & Reservations

Film producers work with actors in an encampment scene.
Film producers work with actors in an encampment scene.

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Filming & Still Photography Permits

Information about filming:
Filming & Still Photography Permits (U.S. National Park Service) (

Apply for a filming permit at Grand Portage National Monument.

Fort Charlotte Tents & Campers
Be prepared for changing weather.

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Backcountry Permits

A backcountry permit is required for:

  • Overnight camping at Fort Charlotte

A backcountry permit is NOT required for:

  • Day hikes (this includes nighttime "day" hikes)

Thank you for your cooperation and efforts to help preserve and protect our park for present and future generations of canoeists, backpackers, and hikers.


Camping Permit

A circular cook and warming ring at the Fort Charlotte campgrounds
Picnic tables and cooking grills at Fort Charlotte campgrounds

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Best Practices

  • 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.

Last updated: March 30, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 426
Grand Portage, MN 55605


(218) 475-0123

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