Grand Portage State Park closed for weekend due to construction
In the interest of public safety, Grand Portage State Park, near
the Canadian border, will be closed this weekend. The closure will
allow for the grading and paving of a new entrance road and other
work related to the construction of a new visitor’s center,
according to the Minnesota DNR. The park will reopen as soon as
paving is complete.
While paving is in progress, there is no place to park off the
highway. All trails leading to high falls, the state’s highest
waterfall and the main attraction at the park, also will be closed.
Truck and paving equipment traffic post a danger to visitors. There
is an alternate trail to the falls in Canada, but visitors will
need a passport to cross the border.
The new 5,800-square-foot visitor center, which will double as a
Minnesota Department of Transportation highway rest area, will open
later this year.
While construction is underway, occasional park closures may
continue to be necessary to ensure visitor safety. Those planning a
trip to Grand Portage State Park, should go to mndnr.gov/parksandtrails and
check the Grand Portage State Park Web page
confirm when the park will be open, or call the DNR Information
Center, 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.