If you have been following my posts, you know I have an affinity for our Cook County waterfalls. In the summer you might visit Cascade State Park and in the fall my favorite is Judge Magney and Devil’s Kettle. But in the spring there is only one place to go: Grand Portage State Park to experience the High Falls of the Pigeon River as it cascades its way to Lake Superior.
If you haven’t been to Grand Portage State Park recently, you have no idea what you are missing. Over the past year, the park has had a transformation from the redone trails and observation platforms to the brand new visitors center. It is rich in the local Ojibwe history and it is a great complement to the Grand Portage National Park and historic trading post across the road in the village of Grand Portage. You can spend hours hiking the trails of the state park and then touring the National Park interpretive center and trading post. In the summer the trading post is staffed by volunteers who dress and speak in period. It is a great educational experience.
So drive up and visit the waterfalls and the two interpretive centers and trading post. That still leaves you time to hike to the middle falls or Mt. Josephine.