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Schoolcraft State Park
This is a 225 acre secluded park on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Here a small meandering river called the Vermillion River that joins the Mississippi River. The highlighted habitat is a virgin pine forest but marsh, lowland forest and riparian areas are other habitats enclosed within t...
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Mud Goose WMA
Description: This state owned wildlife management area consists of a large complex of wetlands and forest within the boundary of the Chippewa National Forest. The Leech Lake River passes through marshy, shrub swamp, peatland forest and 2 lakes, Mud Lake and Goose Lake.

Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl, water birds and shorebirds abound in early spring including include American coot, northern shoveler, ring-necked duck, scaup, common pintail, wood duck, green-winged teal and blue-winged teal, white pelican, mallard, yellow legs, solitary sandpiper, common merganser, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, bufflehead and common golden eye.

During the nesting season marsh birds can also be heard and seen including sora and Virginia rails, sedge wren and swamp sparrow. Common snipe and woodcock are also present. The edges between lowland forest of spruce and fir interspersed with upland forest, and sedge and shrub are also great for viewing forest birds especially during spring before leaf out when warbler species that are passing through can actually be seen.

Mammals that can be seen in the area include river otter and beaver.

Special Tips: Early spring as the ice is melting is the best time to view many waterfowl species close to shore. A late spring will yield sightings of many migrating songbirds including many boreal forest warblers.

A canoe or boat is needed to go deep into the marshy areas up the Leech Lake River.

Mud and Goose Wildlife Management Area is open to hunting in the fall.

Ownership: MN DNR 
Size: 14,000 acres 
Closest Town: Deer River

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Wood Duck - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From HWY 2 4 miles west of Deer River, turn on County Road 18 South. At the intersection of CR 18 with Itasca County 139 drive West on CR 139 to Mud Lake Access. From Remer, take Hwy 6 N to Itasca Co Rd 11, turn left on 11 to Co Rd 18.

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Mud Goose WMA : Wildlife Viewing Area