Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 17th century
The carrying of a boat or its cargo between two navigable waters.
A place where carrying a boat is necessary.
Examples of Portage in a sentence
"Our canoe trip required portage from the river into the larger lake."
"The view of the waterfall from the portage was breathtaking."
Popularity Over Time
Portage as a noun is the act of carrying a boat between bodies of water, or the place where it is done. But it can also be used as a verb for this same activity: "We needed to portage to reach the lake."
Did you Know?
Portage is a popular name for towns and other locations. There's Portage County, Wisconsin, Portage Park in Chicago, Portage, Indiana, and Portage Township in Michigan. It's especially popular in Alaska: Portage Lake, Portage Creek, Portage Glacier Highway, and the ghost town of Portage.