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Grand Portage Minnesota Community Guide


Location:

Location of Grand Portage in Minnesota

The indescribable beauty of Minnesota's legendary North Shore creates memories that can last forever. An ever-changing nature sanctuary where pure waters, prospering pine forests and thriving wildlife abound.

As you drive to Grand Portage, experience the formidable forest-covered Sawtooth Range as famous Highway 61 traverses cliffside corridors, waterfalls, inlets and historic sites. As seasons change, you'll find autumns exploding with color, and winter-painted landscapes of silver and white.

Perched at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead Country along the famous Lake Superior North Shore, Grand Portage is one of the most intriguing and picturesque areas in Minnesota. Visit Eagle Mountain, the state's highest point, or the spectacular High Falls in Grand Portage State Park. Ease your way outdoors and explore pristine trails for hiking or cross-country skiing, and great opportunities for viewing wildlife. After dark, find a spot to watch for a spectacular natural light show, the Aurora Borealis.

Whatever the season, something's always happening at Grand Portage. Come visit, make memories, and take a story home.

Courtesy Grand Portage Lodge and Casino


Population: 
 Grand Portage
(unorganized territory)
1970 1980 1990 2000 1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population -- 324 321 557 236 73.52
Land Area (sq. mile) 0.00 77.24 74.37 74.21 -0.16 -0.22
Density (persons per sq. mile) -- 4.19 4.32 7.51 3.19 73.90
Housing Units 0 162 202 286 84 41.58
Households -- 117 131 247 116 88.55
Persons Per Household -- 2.77 2.45 2.26 -0.19 -7.77

Geography:

Grand Portage is an unorganized territory in Cook County, Minnesota, on Lake Superior, at the northeast corner of the state near the border with northwestern Ontario. The town of Grand Portage lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation. Minnesota Highway 61 serves as a main route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the unorganized territory has a total area of 192.5 square miles (498.7 km˛), of which, 74.2 square miles (192.2 km˛) of it is land and 118.3 square miles (306.5 km˛) of it (61.46%) is water.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:
 
As of the census of 2000, there were 557 people, 247 households, and 137 families residing in the unorganized territory. The population density was 7.5 people per square mile (2.9/km˛). There were 286 housing units at an average density of 3.9/sq mi (1.5/km˛). The racial makeup of the unorganized territory was 35.73% White, 57.81% Native American, 0.36% from other races, and 6.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.97% of the population.

There were 247 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.8% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.5% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the unorganized territory the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the unorganized territory was $30,326, and the median income for a family was $31,771. Males had a median income of $26,458 versus $22,232 for females. The per capita income for the unorganized territory was $15,782. About 18.9% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

GRAND PORTAGE, a village and formerly an important trading place, at the head of the bay of this name, and at the southeast end of the Grand Portage, nine miles long, to the Pigeon River above its principal falls, has the distinction of being the most eastern and oldest settlement of white men in the area of Minnesota. Probably during the period of VTrendrye's explorations, this place became the chief point for landing goods from the large canoes used in the navigation of the Great Lakes and for their being dispatched onward, from the end of this long portage, in smaller canoes to the many trading posts of all the rich fur country northwest of Lake Superior. In 1767, when Jonathan Carver went there in the hope of purchasing goods, Grand Portage was an important rendezvous and trading post. At the time of the Revolutionary War, as Gen. James H. Baker has well said, it was the "commercial emporium" of the northwestern fur trade. A post office called Grand Portage in Hovland Township, section 4, was first established in Superior County, Wis., 1856-64, and reestablished in Minnesota, 1864-71.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government:

Unorganized territory


Post Office:
US Post Office
77 Mile Creek Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605-3028 
Phone: (218) 475-2303
Toll Free: (800) ASK USPS
Web: www.usps.com  
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
                       
8:30 am - 10:30 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            3:15 pm
Saturday                3:15 pm

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Utilities:
Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity

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Natural Gas n/a --
Wastewater n/a --
Water n/a --
Telephone n/a --
Cable TV n/a --

Major Employers:
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Events:
Bayou Boogie Festival Labor Day Weekend

Attractions:
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
70 Casino Drive 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2401 
Web: www.grandportage.com

Luxuriate in the comfort and beauty of the 100-room Grand Portage Lodge & Casino embraced by the Lake Superior shoreline just off Highway 61. At this cozy retreat, all rooms have spectacular views of the Lake Superior shore or the deep green mystery of Minnesota's north woods. Stroll down the hall and delight in a bright, spacious casino where fun is non-stop. You'll find Video Slots, including Poker, Keno and Progressive machines, and Bingo. Round the clock action, seven days a week.

 
Grand Portage Museum
54 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-0111 
 
Grand Portage National Monument
170 Mile Creek Road
PO Box 426
Grand Portage, MN 55605
Phone: (218) 387-2788
Web: www.nps.gov/grpo

Partially reconstructed North West Company Fur Trade headquarters and 8.5 mile Grand Portage trail; Costumed interpreters, guided programs/demonstrations, Three Sisters Native American garden, historic heirloom gardens, furnished structures, Ojibwe Culture, fur trade history, area history; historical demonstrations, cooking and baking demonstrations; historic musket firing demonstrations; and gift shop.


Grand Portage to Isle Royale Transportation Inc.
Grand Portage, MN 55605
Phone: (218) 475-0024
Web: www.isleroyaleboats.com

Looking for the perfect location for a beautiful wilderness vacation? Visit Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior! Isle Royale has something to offer everyone. This island national park offers spectacular fishing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, camping, day trips and lodge vacations! In addition, this park is one of the nation's best national parks for spotting wildlife- moose, foxes, waterfowl and wolves live throughout the park.

Grand Port to Isle Royale Transportation Inc.

Recreation:
Grand Portage State Park
9393 E Highway 61 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2360 
Web: www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/grand_portage

Torrents of wild water plummet 120 feet over the High Falls down to the Pigeon River in this park on the U.S. - Canadian border. The falls, the highest in the state, presented a serious obstacle to river travel, so a "carrying place," or portage, was necessary. American Indians created the ancient nine-mile trail from Lake Superior to bypass the falls. This trail became known as "The Grand Portage." Today, visitors of all abilities can take a one-half mile trail and boardwalk to the falls overlook area. The park is designed for day use only and contains mixed hardwood-conifer forests and hiking trails along the banks of the Pigeon River. The spectacular scenery sets the stage for recreational opportunities that include hiking, photography, and picnicking. The park lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and is bordered by Canada on the north and east. Lake Superior is about one mile east of the park.

Grand Portage State Park

Lakes:
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Health Care:
Grand Portage Health Service
62 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2235
 

Schools:
Cook County Independent School District
101 West Fifth Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: (218) 387-2272
Web: www.cookcountyschools.org

Grand Portage Elementary School
73 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2345 
 

Churches: 
Mt Rose Community Church
County Road 17
Grand Portage, MN 55605
Phone: (218) 475-2300
 

Media:

none

 
Motels:
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
70 Casino Drive 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2401 
Web: www.grandportage.com

Luxuriate in the comfort and beauty of the 100-room Grand Portage Lodge & Casino embraced by the Lake Superior shoreline just off Highway 61. At this cozy retreat, all rooms have spectacular views of the Lake Superior shore or the deep green mystery of Minnesota's north woods. Unwind by the 3-story fireplace, dine in the Island View Dining Room, enjoy a cocktail in the lounge, or relax in the indoor heated pool or soothing sauna.

 

Resorts:

none


Campgrounds:
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
70 Casino Drive 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2401 
Web: www.grandportage.com

Luxuriate in the comfort and beauty of the 100-room Grand Portage Lodge & Casino embraced by the Lake Superior shoreline just off Highway 61. At this cozy retreat, all rooms have spectacular views of the Lake Superior shore or the deep green mystery of Minnesota's north woods. Unwind by the 3-story fireplace, dine in the Island View Dining Room, enjoy a cocktail in the lounge, or relax in the indoor heated pool or soothing sauna.

 

Businesses:  
Alpine Merchant Service Inc
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-0066
 
Ammex Tax & Duty Free Shops
9301 Ryden Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2233
 
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
PO Box 428
Grand Portage, MN 55605
Phone: (218) 475-2277
Fax: (218) 475-2284
Web: www.grandportage.com

Federally recognized as the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage covers an area of over 56,000 acres in the northeastern most tip of Minnesota. Of the over 1,000 enrolled band members, over 200 live in Grand Portage. The Grand Portage Band is proud owners and operators of the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino as well as a local convenience store and gas station.

 
Grand Portage Chipper Plant
Hwy 61 N 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2520 
 
Grand Portage Community Center
73 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2653
 
Grand Portage Construction Co
105 Store Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2462 
 
Grand Portage Daycare Center
60 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2564 
 
Grand Portage Fire Department
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2291
 
Grand Portage Food Program
PO Box 428 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2480 
 
Grand Portage Forestry
28 Store Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2201
 
Grand Portage Head Start
73 Upper Bay Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2234 
 
Grand Portage Health Service
62 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2235
 
Grand Portage Human Service Dept
6 Casino Drive 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2453 
 
Grand Portage Lodge & Casino
70 Casino Drive 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2401 
Web: www.grandportage.com

Journey along legendary Highway 61 and take a short run east along Lake Superior to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. Experience one of Minnesota’s most picturesque areas at The Great Rendezvous Place. Attractions. Relaxation. Excitement. Recreation. There’s something for everyone!  Our casino is where non-stop gaming action takes place. The 15,000 square foot casino contains a bingo hall and over 400 slot machines including video slots like Keno, multi-line and multi-game machines. Plus, we're 100% coinless!

Grand Portage Marina
32 Marina Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2476 
 
Grand Portage Mental Health
60 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2678 
 
Grand Portage Museum
54 Upper Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-0111 
 
Grand Portage State Park
9393 E Highway 61 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2360 
 
Grand Portage Trading Post
72 Mile Creek 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2214 
 
Grand Portage Transfer Station
8357 E Highway 61 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-0054 
 
National Park Service
211 Mile Creek Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2228 
 
Norman G Jensen Inc
9403 E Highway 61 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-0173 
 
Phillips 66
9293 Ryden Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2433
 
Reservation Tribal Council
83 Stevens Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2279 
 
Ryden's Border Store - Cafe
9301 Ryden Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2330 
 
Trade & Economic Development
HC 1 Box 3 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2592 
 
US Customs Service
9403 E Highway 61 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-2244 
Web: www.cbp.gov
 
US Post Office
77 Mile Creek Road 
Grand Portage, MN 55605-3028 
Phone: (218) 475-2303
Toll Free: (800) ASK USPS
Web: www.usps.com  
US Post Office
Waban Healing Center
PO Box 428 
Grand Portage, MN 55605 
Phone: (218) 475-0044 
 

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