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Grand Portage State Park Closed Monday - Thursday

 
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Jam3s
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:54 pm    Post subject: Grand Portage State Park Closed Monday - Thursday Reply with quote

I just figured that I would post this here as I know that people are planning trips to do the State Park Challenge:

PARK CLOSED MONDAYS - THURSDAYS, THROUGH MID-AUGUST!
Grand Portage State Park will only be open on weekends until mid-August, while work continues on site preparation for a new 5,800 square foot visitor center.
The park will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, but parking will be limited and the gift shop will remain closed for the rest of the summer.
This is a major 'facelift' for the park that will include interpretive exhibits, a new gift shop, and highway rest area. Construction will conclude June 2010.
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know if this closure directly affects the cache in the park, or are you still able to access the cache? This seriously affects some plans and is a huge pain.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you can't cheat either since the border patrol watches this park like a hawk.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pear Head wrote:
Does anyone know if this closure directly affects the cache in the park, or are you still able to access the cache? This seriously affects some plans and is a huge pain.


I will ask around.
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Jam3s
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what they said on the news, the park is completely closed, which was a shock to me and that is why I wanted this to be known. Closing the park might cause problems for many peoples plans.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd still sneak in. Just park at the gas station and walk down. If you get stopped by the border patrol, play dumb. Cool
The cache isn't deep into the park anyway, so it would be a quick in-n-out.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd agree with NeoAddict. the cache takes less than 1/2 hr., and most of that's the walk time. i doubt anyone will say a thing. they have known about this construction project 4 awhile, and the border crossing people have more important things 2 worry about than people enjoying a state park. Peace
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got the official word. It has been added to the web page.

ATTENTION GEOCACHERS!

Due to construction...
Grand Portage State Park will be closed Monday-Thursday until Monday August 17th.

You can still access the park Friday-Sunday during this period of time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andrewmcc wrote:
I just got the official word. It has been added to the web page.

ATTENTION GEOCACHERS!

Due to construction...
Grand Portage State Park will be closed Monday-Thursday until Monday August 17th.

You can still access the park Friday-Sunday during this period of time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Reason:
This closure was not planned when we started construction. Project inspectors recommended this closure two weeks ago following construction circumstances that could not be anticipated. It is only temporary, and only Monday through Thursday for the next three weeks. The cache is still accessible Fri-Sat-Sun.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
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