A leashed dog on a rrail.
Leashed pets are welcome on Grand Portage trails.

NPS Photo / G.M. Spoto

Leashed pets are welcome on the Grand Portage and Mount Rose trails, and in the Ojibwe Village and walking paths outside of the stockade.

Keep your pet safe

  • All pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet at the monument and in the Grand Portage community.
  • Pets can overheat rapidly in closed vehicles. If you choose to leave your pet in your vehicle during your visit to Grand Portage, please provide for adequate ventilation and water in your vehicle and plan regular return visits to monitor your pet's condition. Your pet(s) will thank you for your caution.

Dispose of pet waste:

  • All pet waste must be removed from the park. Pet waste may not be left on the ground. Please pick up your dog's waste with a plastic bag and dispose of it in any outdoor trash can in the Heritage Center parking lot and picnic areas.
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From the Superintendent's Compendium:

  • The following structures and/or sales areas are closed to pets:
    The Heritage (visitor) Center, Historic Depot area (Gatehouse, Kitchen, Great Hall, Canoe Warehouse, Ojibwe village structures, restrooms, Rendezvous historic encampment).
  • "Guide" or "service" dogs for seeing impaired or physically disabled persons are permitted within all park facilities.

Service Animals

Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, are permitted to accompany visitors with disabilities in all areas open to the public at Grand Portage National Monument.

The 2010 revision to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a “service animal” as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. A dog that is in training to become a service animal is not considered a service animal.

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Emotional Support Animals

  • Comfort or emotional support animals do not qualify as service animals. The key difference between a service animal and a comfort animal is that a service animal is trained to do work or perform tasks, whereas a comfort or emotional support animal is not.

  • Service animals in training, comfort animals, and pets are subject to the park’s pet regulations and are not allowed in buildings or within the historic palisade as stated above.

Last updated: April 16, 2024

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P.O. Box 426
Grand Portage, MN 55605


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