New visitor center celebration at Grand Portage State Park

High Falls on the Pigeon River near Grand Portage. (DNR photo)

      A new visitor center at Grand Portage State Park will be celebrated on Sept. 25, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources news release. Maples should be near their peak of fall color for the event.

The new visitor center will serve as a highway rest area, a state travel information center, and park visitor center, complete with exhibits showcasing the life and culture of the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa.

The project is a partnership with the Grand Portage Band, on whose land the park is located; the DNR; the Minnesota Department of Transportation; and Explore Minnesota Tourism. Family-oriented activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a building dedication at noon. Activities will feature a pipe ceremony and ribbon-cutting, along with local drummers and dancers.

During the event, naturalists and volunteers will be stationed along the half-mile trail to High Falls on the Pigeon River, which is accessible to visitors of all abilities. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch or purchase food, including Native American fry bread, from local vendors who will be on site that day.

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