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Grand Portage National Monument is a United States National Monument 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 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. Composed of the Pigeon River and other strategic interior streams, lakes, and portages, this route was of enormous importance in pre-industrial times. It provided quick water access from Canada's settled areas and Atlantic ports to the fur-rich North-Western Territory. Some 50 miles (80 km) upstream from Lake Superior, this trade route crosses the Height of Land Portage, on the Northern continental divide, and connects South Lake in the Pigeon River/Great Lakes watershed with North Lake of the Rainy River watershed. Grand Portage therefore was an essential link between the drainage basin of the Nelson River to Arctic Ocean and that of the Saint Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Beautiful visitor center and rebuilt hub for fur trading back in the day. Awesome place! Could easily spend several hours or more here. The rangers dress in period costumes and reinact the events of that era. They are so excellent and knowledgeable! More than impressive!

  • While there always seems to be construction occurring when I visit in the summer, almost all the staff is very friendly and the kids love running around and checking the place out. If your in the area it's a great stop for sure.

  • I brought my wife here on July 24, 2016. This place is freaking awesome! Any history buff will love walking the palisade wall and going inside the structures. The originals were destroyed by fire (lightning) strike decades ago but they were rebuilt and are pretty accurate. There's hands on learning for kids. There's pelts, coloring activities, an Indian village and a canoe which they can touch. They let me sit down and color the kids activity pages which is not creepy in any way even though I'm 33. Can't wait to actually bring my kids along next week. If anyone pretends to be Daniel Day Lewis we can play Last of The Mohicans and shoot finger guns at each other.

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  • Very neat! Great guided tour of the land and buildings. Wonderfully and lovingly reconstructed. The views are amazing!

  • Great place to learn about the history and environment of this unique place. It's hard not to leave with a fresh perspective. Definitely something not to miss.

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