Rothsay WMA is located near Rothsay, MN, in Wilkin County, is a large expanse of native prairie that preserves some of Minnesota’s unique prairie heritage. Habitats include sedge meadows, prairie wetlands, mesic tallgrass prairie with brushy areas and aspen clones interspersed. Prairie birds of...
Glendalough State Park
|Description: Glendalough State Park, located in Otter Tail County near Battle Lake, showcases over nine miles of shoreline on six unique lakes. The park is 1,931 acres in size. The park was donated to the Nature Conservancy on Earth Day in 1990, and subsequently deeded to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for use as a state park. The rolling “leaf hills” show excellent representations of the transition between prairie and hardwood forest landscapes.|
Wildlife to Watch: The park is home to abundant populations of white-tailed deer, raccoon and red fox. 150 bird species are recorded for the park. Birds to watch include nesting bald eagles. Watch for Canada geese, wood ducks, pied-billed grebes, Forster’s terns and blue-winged teal on the many lakes. In some of the restored prairie areas, watch for western meadowlarks, clay-colored sparrows, bobolinks, northern harriers and eastern bluebirds. In wooded groves, 22 warbler species may be seen! Also look for scarlet tanagers, Baltimore orioles and indigo buntings. Other commonly seen birds nesting here you may want to include: osprey, Cooper’s hawk, red-tailed hawk, barred owl, pileated woodpecker (and many other woodpeckers), trumpeter swan, common loon, green heron, and wild turkey.
Special Tips: Four year-round camper cabins, two year-round yurts, 22 cart-in campsites, three canoe/ bike/ backpack sites and one group camp facility. For reservations, call 1-866-857-2757. The park also has a paved bike trail and several hiking trails. (Blinds are no longer up.)
Campsites at Glendalough can be reserved through the centralized reservation service by calling 1-866-85PARKS (1-866-857-2757) or online at stayatmnparks.com.
Other Activities: Glendalough State Park Bird Checklist can be found here. Binoculars are available for loan at the park office.
Ownership: MN DNR
Size: 1931 acres
Closest Town: Battle Lake
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