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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...
Red River State Recreation Area/Greenway
|Description: Urban wildlife watching got a whole lot easier and more convenient when two communities that share a river border, along with their governmental partners, turned repeated destruction into a delightful nature hotspot for residents and visitors.
The communities of Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN are situated at the confluence of the Red and Red Lake Rivers. In 1997, more than 56,000 people were evacuated from their homes before waters of the Red and Red Lake Rivers crested at a record 54.4 feet.
To ensure Greater Grand Forks would be protected against future flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers proposed the construction of a flood protection system that included a river greenway. The federal management agency bought and removed hundreds of homes and buildings along the rivers, laying groundwork for what would become the Greenway. The Red River State Recreation Area is a feature of the Greenway.
The Greenway features trails for walking and biking, areas for picnicking and rivers for fishing and boating, as well as a campground.
Wildlife to Watch: The rich river bottom forests and the rivers themselves are rare habitats for birds and other fauna. Look for raccoons, as well as scampering gray and red squirrels in the woodlands. If you’re lucky, you might spot river otters playing or a white-tailed deer taking a drink at the water’s edge. The unique riverine ecosystem also includes channel catfish, lake sturgeon and other amphibian and aquatic life for those venturing in and around the water.
The Red River of the North is located on an especially important migratory route for many birds. Over 250 species of birds have been observed within the Greenway of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks. Migrant songbirds that may be seen in large numbers include yellow-rumped and black-and-white warblers, American redstarts, and fox sparrows.
Spring is also an excellent time to view many species of waterfowl returning to summer breeding grounds. Best viewing area in East Grand Forks is Eagle Point Boat Landing and on Grand Forks side it is various ponds along Greenway trail in Lincoln Park.
The recreation area also offers valuable habitat for breeding and resident songbirds, hawks and owls. Watch for bald eagles soaring above or perched in trees along the corridor.
Special Tips: Spring flooding does at times make the area inaccessible. The campground is closed during the winter, but the site may still be explored during the off-season. . Seasonal updates can be found at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
This area is alive with migrants during the spring and fall!
The Grand Cities Bird Club website has excellent month-by-month birding information, accidental and hypothetic species, -species of interest and Christmas and summer bird counts are just some of the information available on the site.
Grand Cities Bird Club Website
Land Manager Contact:
515 2nd Street Northwest
East Grand Forks MN 56721
Other Activities: This recreation area is in an urban setting and offers visitors access to outdoor recreational opportunities, as well as shopping and dining facilities within walking distance of one another. Additional information available:
Ownership: MN DNR and City of East Grand Forks
Size: 1,230 acres in Minnesota; 2,200 total
Closest Town: East Grand Forks
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