Grand Portage – Pigeon River Border Crossing

Pigeon River border crossing 

Pigeon River border crossing

The Grand Portage – Pigeon River border crossing connects the rural area of Minnesota and Ontario via the Pigeon River International Bridge. It is the 2nd busiest port of entry in the state and one of the 25 most traveled land ports on the US-Canada border. Based on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, an average of 800 vehicles passed through this crossing daily in 2015.


Hours of Operations & Wait Times in Grand Portage Pigeon River

The Grand Portage – Pigeon River border crossing is open to all vehicles 24/7 in both directions. A substantial amount of traffic passes through this port because it lies between two important shipping hubs – Thunder Bay, Ontario and Duluth, Minnesota. However, there is typically no lineup or delay when crossing here. To find out the current wait times at this port of entry, travelers can download the CanBorder app or the CBP Border Wait Times app on Google Play or iTunes.


Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions

The Grand Portage MN border crossing is a popular port of entry, but travelers shouldn’t experience any heavy traffic when passing through. The state of Minnesota provides travel information to the public through their 511 hotline and an online interactive map including road conditions and weather-related traffic reports. Ontario also provides a similar travel information services; travelers can call 511 or 1-866-929-4257 (for calls outside Ontario) to get updates on traffic and incident reports while on the go.


Contact & Directions for Your Trip

To learn more about the Grand Portage – Pigeon River border crossing, travelers can get in touch with the customs officials at this location using the numbers provided below. To use this port of entry, you can follow the map and the directions posted below.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
Head north along Manitoba State Highway 61 past Grand Portage, Minnesota until you reach the Pigeon River where the bridge is located. From Thunder Bay, Ontario, head south on Ontario Highway 61 until you reach the Pigeon River International Bridge.

Address & Phone Numbers

  • U.S.: 9403 E Highway 61, Grand Portage, MN 55605
  • US Customs: (218) 475-2244
  • Canada: 7690 Highway 61, Neebing ON P7L 0A2
  • Canadian Customs: 807-964-2093

Things to Know About the Grand Portage – Pigeon River Border Crossing:

  • Grand Portage used to be the largest fur-trading post in the Great Lakes during the late 18th century.
  • The Grand Portage State Park is the only state park in Minnesota that is not owned by the state. The land is actually owned by the Chippewa Tribe who leases it to the state. The park is co-managed by the tribe and the state.
  • Visit the Grand Portage National Monument to get a glimpse of the fur trade during the 18th century as well as the Ojibwe Indian culture.
  • Just an hour away from Thunder Bay, Canadians can drop by Grand Portage’s Trading Post to pick up parcels and get great rates on fuel.

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