I'm posting this here rather than in the trip planning forum because it's not a BW/Quetico destination question:
Has anyone here ever camped at Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River by paddling in? If so did you have any problems with anyone coming along saying that you couldn't camp there and had to leave? My assumption is that if someone is traveling the Pigeon River and stops to camp there it's OK but drive in camping there is not allowed. I'm curious if anyone else here can provide any insight on experiences they've had camping here. Thanks.
Interesting question, I would contact either the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, or the Grand Portage National Monument staff. I know the road leading there is rough and traveled little, so I think the odds of anyone patrolling the area looking for random canoeists is slim. I think you are much more likely to draw attention you drive into the falls.
I’m pretty sure Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River is the first set of falls heading toward Lake Superior, upstream from Middle Falls. It would be downstream from The Grand Portage so I don’t think anyone would travel that stretch of the river. All that land on the Minnesota side from about five miles upstream of The Grand Portage to the mouth of Pigeon River, is Reservation land. I heard that is why camping at the State Park was not allowed when it was developed; it was a compromise. I’m not sure who or where you could ask to camp on Reservation land.
On the north side of the river is La Verendrye Provincial Park, which I’ve never been to, and what looked to me like private property. The land opposite Grand Portage State Park on the Ontario side is a day use only area with some cabin ruins, old train tracks, and the High Falls area where you can actually get on the river itself. It’s actually a pretty nice area to explore, but I was told it is a day use area only. It may have something to do with it being on the border and so close to both American and Canadian Customs.