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The significance of this area is that it lies only miles from Grand Rapids and offers many city dwellers and visitors a chance to explore nature without extensive travel.<br><br>This mostly wooded area along the south shore of the Mississippi offers excellent opportunities to observe forest birds...
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Schoolcraft State Park
Description: 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 the boundary of this park and provide additional birding opportunities.

Wildlife to Watch: Migrating waterfowl; migrating songbirds; nesting forest birds. River otter, beaver, white- tailed deer and bald eagle and ruffed grouse. In winter ruffed grouse and other winter finches abound in park.

Many species of waterfowl including mergansers can be seen in spring (April –early May) then in early fall (September-October); in late spring (May-early June) the park is a very good place to see migrating songbirds.

The habitat in the park is good for pine warbler. Most species of warblers of the area and those associated with boreal forest can be seen in early spring. Summer breeding songbirds in the forest are typical of the forest bird communities of the area.

A birder can pickup several species of flycatchers, 9-10 warbler species, several woodpeckers, several species of thrushes, scarlet tanager, brown creeper and many finches.

Special Tips: A canoe or small boat will allow the exploration of the marshy areas of the park. Keep an eye out for snapping turtles basking along the water’s edge, particularly in early summer.

Ownership: MN DNR 
Size: 225 acres 
Closest Town: Grand Rapids or Deer River

Facilities:
RestroomsTent CampingFishingHikingPicnic tablesFeeSmall BoatsDrinking WaterCamp Fire

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Hooded Merganser - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From US 2, take State Highway 6 South to Itasca County Road 28 which turns into Cass County Road 65 W, Turn North on County Road 74.

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Schoolcraft State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area