Northeast to Grand Portage

Northeast to Grand Portage Area

Northeast of Grand Marais, the road widens, population decreases and the lake shows itself more frequently. It is worth the 41-mile drive just to experience the rugged landscape of this most northeastern tip of Minnesota. Highlands rise to the north, the Susie Islands hover off the coast and Lake Superior gives way to Isle Royale National Park.

The Treaty of 1854 established Grand Portage Reservation and the community continues today. In 1958, Grand Portage was designated a National Monument and in 2007 the Heritage Center was completed as a means to honor the Ojibwe tribe’s history, people and culture’ celebrate this at the Annual Rendezvous Days and PowWow the second full weekend of August.

Things to do in Northeast to Grand Portage

Grand Portage National Monument

170 Mile Creek Road | Grand Portage, MN 55605

Learn Aniishinaabe art, culture and history. Directions: from Highway 61 MM 143.3 turn right onto Mile Creek Rd, and at the first cross street, turn left and continue 0.7 miles on Mile Creek Rd.

Learn Aniishinaabe art, culture and history. Directions: from Highway 61 MM 143.3 turn right onto Mile Creek Rd, and at the first cross street, turn left and continue 0.7 miles on Mile Creek Rd.

Stops Along the Way

Five Mile Rock (mile marker 115.0)

Enjoy the wide-open vistas at Five Mile Rock, a landmark for early travelers. (That’s five miles from Grand Marais, not five miles out in the lake).

Kadunce River Wayside (mile marker 118.7)

Picnic, hike, skip stones and relax at Kadunce River Wayside

Devil’s Kettle Hike (mile marker 123.8)

The popular hike, riverside and cliffside, up the Brule River to where it splits with half the water tumbling over the HIgh Falls and half draining into the Devil’s Kettle, end of the line unknown. The hike is within Judge CR Magney State Park.

Grand Portage State Park (mile marker 150.8) 

It’s all about hiking to the 120-foot High Falls, but leave time for the exhibits, gift shop and interpretive signs in and around the Visitor Center.

Canada (mile marker 151.0 & beyond)

Go international! Cross the border and spend some time in Canada [passport/approved documentation required to cross the border].Just so know, Canada is English-speaking, uses the same rules of the road, uses the metric system, has their own currency, and is in Eastern Time Zone, one hour ahead of Minnesota.Thunder Bay is 36 miles over the border; along the way are the Middle Falls Provincial Park, shops and farm stands, Old Fort William, Kakabeka Falls [131-feet].

 

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