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Grand Portage

National Monument - Minnesota

Grand Portage National Monument is located on the north shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota that preserves a vital center of fur trade activity and Anishinaabeg Ojibwe heritage. The area became one of the British Empire's four main fur trading centers in North America, along with Fort Niagara, Fort Detroit, and Michilimackinac. The Grand Portage is an 8.5-mile (13.7 km) (2720 rod) footpath which bypasses a set of waterfalls and rapids on the last 20 miles (32 km) of the Pigeon River before it flows into Lake Superior. This path is part of the historic trade route of the French-Canadian voyageurs and coureur des bois between their wintering grounds and their depots to the east.

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https://www.nps.gov/grpo/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Portage_National_Monument Grand Portage National Monument is located on the north shore of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota that preserves a vital center of fur trade activity and Anishinaabeg Ojibwe heritage. The area became one of the British Empire's four main fur trading centers in North America, along with Fort Niagara, Fort Detroit, and Michilimackinac. The Grand Portage is an 8.5-mile (13.7 km) (2720 rod) footpath which bypasses a set of waterfalls and rapids on the last 20 miles (32 km) of the Pigeon River before it flows into Lake Superior. This path is part of the historic trade route of the French-Canadian voyageurs and coureur des bois between their wintering grounds and their depots to the east. Travel into the past to discover the present. Explore the partnership of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company during the North American fur trade and the NPS today. Follow pathways into a distant time. Experience the sights and smells of a bustling depot reconstructed in its exact location. Hear the beat of the drum echo over Gichigami - Lake Superior. Traveling northeast or southwest on MN Hwy 61 visitors will see signs alerting the approach to Grand Portage National Monument. A right turn exit lane or left turn from Hwy 61 at the Grand Portage Trading Post will take visitors onto Casino Road. Turn left at the first stop sign from Casino Road to Mile Creek Road. About 3/4 mile on Mile Creek Road, look for the large wooden entrance sign. Turn left up the short hill into the Heritage Center parking lot. Heritage Center The Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center opened on August 10, 2007 with a commitment to honor the area's history, people and culture. The building houses exhibit galleries about Ojibwe culture and the fur trade, Eastern National bookstore, multi-media programs. The upstairs of the Heritage Center serves as Park Headquarters. From Highway 61, turn onto Mile Creek Road (The road the Trading Post/Gas Station is on). Turn Left at the 4-way stop sign. Drive for approximately 3/4 miles and turn left at the large, wooden, Grand Portage National Monument sign. The parking lot is one way, please follow the painted arrows. Fort Charlotte Backcountry Campgrounds Two backcountry campsites, accessible to hikers and canoeists, are located at the Pigeon River (Canada/U.S. border) end of Grand Portage National Monument. Each campsite is limited to nine people. Camping permits are required and issued by the park. A permit system allows campers to reserve a campsite in advance. Allow a minimum of two weeks in advance for permit processing. Canoe-in, Walk-in, tent-only sites 0.00 There are no fees to use these backcountry campgrounds. Camping permits available from the Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Center are required. You also may reserve a campsite by phone at: 218.475.0123. Pigeon River Scenary River flowing over rocks in a background of trees. Serenity pervades the Pigeon River at Fort Charlotte. Fort Charlotte Campsite Campsite near large evergreen trees near river. Campsites have tent platforms, tables and shade trees. Informative Panels Informative panels mounted in wooden kiosk. Colorful and informative panels welcome visitors. Informative Panels Colorful panels inform visitors about Fort Charlotte. Panels welcome and inform visitors about Fort Charlotte. Mount Rose Trail overlooks Historic Depot & Grand Portage Bay Stockade fence and log building overlooking Lake Superior Beautiful scenary welcomes Fall visitors to Grand Portage. Ojibwe Village (Anishinaabe Odena) Birch bark lodges among trees. The Ojibwe Village is located in the Historic Depot Seneca Sunflowers Canoe Warehouse Sunflowers blossoms in front of log building Colorful blossoms in the Three Sister's Garden Historic Depot, Hat Point Three log buildings with Lake and point of land in background. Fall is a great time to hike the Mount Rose Trail Historic Depot From Mount Rose Log buildings, stockade fence and dock near Lake. Fall is a great time to hike to the mount Rose overlook. The Men of the Voyageurs Encampment Voyageurs, North Men and The Montrealers made up the bulk of the fur trade employees at Grand Portage. These hardy soles would spend weeks to months in the wilderness transporting trade goods to remote posts either in canoes or on their backs. Learn why some were called porkeaters and others usually did not leave the fur trade having any money to take home. Canoe on side provides shelter, 3 men relax on canoe, 3 around campfire. Stewardship at Grand Portage National Monument The National Park Service and the Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa work together at Grand Portage National Monument to support, interpret, and preserve the lifeways of the Ojibwe people, including the historic values of the Grand Portage trail. The Band has long been involved in stewardship of the Monument, where tribe members play a critical role in management, landscape maintenance, and historic preservation. Crew member work on steps on a wooded trail, with a lake in the far distance. Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. [Site Under Development] depot and lakeshore Invasive Mussels at Apostle Islands: They're Hardier than You Thought Lake Superior was once thought to be inhospitable to zebra and quagga mussels because of it’s cold water and low calcium levels, yet they have been found in the waters of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in recent investigations. What is the National Park Service doing, and what can you do to help? A map of the western end of Lake Superior, including Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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