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Grand Portage State Park

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Where to go: So far, color change within the park and the surrounding area is minimal. Most of the changing leaves are along the forest floor, where you can see some yellows and mixtures of red/orange leaves. Inland away from Lake Superior, the Maples are starting to turn. Mountain Maple or Moose Maple is the furthest along, with some of them already vibrant red. The larger sugar maple trees are just starting to turn. Birch and Aspen are still pretty green.

What you'll see: We have a lot of Black-Eyed Susans and other various wildflowers in bloom right now, especially right around the visitor center area. Several Indian Pipe plants are blooming along the first few corners of the High Falls Trail.

Also of interest: A nice 8-point buck (white-tailed deer) has been seen a few times right near the picnic shelter in the early morning.

Last updated: September 18, 2014 

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Getting there

9393 East Highway 61
Grand Portage, MN 55605

From the town of Grand Marais, Minnesota, travel north on State Highway 61 for about 36 miles to the Canadian Border. The park entrance is on the west side of the highway, just before you come to the U.S. Customs Station on the US/Canada border.


Phone: 218-475-2360

Email: grandportage.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If no one is available, please leave a message.