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Pembina Trail, Tympanuchus & Dugdale WMA
These sites are native prairie preserves, located in the prominent gravelly beach ridges of Glacial Lake Agassiz, southeast of Crookston, MN. These are some of Minnesota’s most outstanding native prairies, featuring large expanses of marsh, grassland and calcareous fen.<br><br>The nearby Pembina...
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Big Bog State Recreation Area / Red Lake Peatland
Description: The Big Bog Recreation Area, located in Beltrami County, is a multi-purpose unit of Minnesota’s outdoor recreation system which provides camping and access to Upper Red Lake, as well as access to the Red Lake Peatland, also known as “The Big Bog”, which is the largest protected peatland in Minnesota and the largest peatland in the lower 48 states. There are two units, a north and a south unit, which make up this new and unique State Recreation Area. Birds associated with the 433 mi.² Upper Red Lake are seen here, as well as birds on Northern boreal bog, Red Lake is the second largest natural freshwater lake in the U.S. that is entirely within the U.S. borders.

Wildlife to Watch: 110 bird species have been seen here. Lake associated species include the Tundra swan, 15 additional waterfowl species and the Common Loon. The north unit provides views of Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Sandhill Crane, Boreal Chickadee, Yellow-rumped and Alder Flycatcher, and possibly Connecticut Warbler.

Moose are occasionally seen, as well as fisher and timber wolves.

Special Tips: Campsites at Big Bog now can be reserved through the centralized reservation service by calling 1-866-85PARKS (1-866-857-2757) or online at www.stayatmnparks.com.

The highlight of this outdoor recreation area is a one-mile boardwalk that traverses the transition from brushy willow habitats, through black spruce and ends in the open-water track feature.

Other Activities: Beautiful and unusual plant species can also be seen along the boardwalk, including rose pogonia, bladderwort, sundews and pitcher plants.

Ownership: MN DNR 
Size: 9459 acres 
Closest Town: Waskish

RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchLodgingHandicap AccessibleLarge BoatsSmall BoatsTrailer CampingDrinking WaterSwimmingCamp FireShowers

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Moose photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Bemidji, Drive 64 miles north on U.S. Highway 71 and 72 to the park headquarters, located in Waskish. The bog boardwalk is located nine miles north of the park headquarters on U.S. Highway 72.

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Big Bog State Recreation Area / Red Lake Peatland : Wildlife Viewing Area