Grand Portage Band may acquire beach near Grand Marais
July 16, 2021
DULUTH – A popular beach just east of Grand Marais, Minn., may return to tribal ownership as the state moves to transfer the property to the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation owns the former gravel pit and is looking to pass it on after deeming the nearly 2-acre parcel "excess."
"We wanted to figure out how to manage it in a way that keeps it in public use," said Duane Hill, MnDOT's district engineer for northeastern Minnesota. "As that discussion ensued, the tribe stepped in and said they have some cultural connection to the property.