Grand Portage State Park

By Jim Umhoefer
Trails Reporter

Cook County. 42 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Highway 61.

Highway map index: S-6.

Ernest Hemingway nicknamed it "the Big Wild." The undeveloped tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead is noted for its thundering waterfalls, wilderness lakes, and keep forests. Moose, bear, timber wolves and deer have plenty of elbowroom. Hemingway, who wandered these woods frequently, also loved the region for its spaciousness.

Dakota, Cree, Ojibway and other native people knew that they could traverse this forest wilderness of lakes and streams by following a maze of water routes. When the explorers, missionaries and voyageurs came into this country in the mid-17th century, they asked the Indians to show them the way. During the fur trade era, voyageurs navigated a 3,000-mile water route that stretched from Montreal to Lake Athabasca in northwestern Canada. Read more:


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