Roundtrip: 2 km
Location: Grand Portage, MN
The High Falls of the Pigeon River at 36 metres (150 feet) are the highest falls in Minnesota. We have already seen the High Falls falls from the Canadian side where the view is a little bit better. The trail to the falls on the American side is slightly shorter with three viewing decks and is wheelchair accessible.
The Pigeon River is one of the larger rivers on Superior’s North Shore. It flows in an easterly direction out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for approximately 80 km until it drains into Lake Superior. As you can imagine the falls on the Pigeon River presented a serious obstacle to river travel resulting in the creation of the 14.5 km (9 mile) Grand Portage Trail from Lake Superior to bypass the High Falls.
Crossing the border from Canada, look for the entrance to the Grand Portage State Park on the west side of the highway just as you are exiting the U.S. Customs Station on the US/Canada border before you get to Rydens. There is also a trail to the American side of the Middle Falls in Grand Portage State Park.