Savanna Portage State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota’s third largest, is named for a centuries-old footpath used by the Dakota and Ojibwe, and later by explorers, missionaries and voyageurs. This trail is a 6 mile-long portage between the East Savanna and the West Savanna River. The Savanna Portage was a vital link between the St. Louis River watershed and that of the Mississippi River on the canoe fur trade route from Lake Superior to the Upper Mississippi. Modern-day voyageurs can still follow this route today.
Savanna Portage State Park is located 17 miles northeast of McGregor just off the Great River Road Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Aitkin County.
Plants and Wildlife
Visitors can keep warm by hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. Trails in the park are groomed as time permits.
More about skiing in the park and the McGregor area