|Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge|
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in northwest Minnesota. Two packs of wolves, moose, bear, and 300 species of birds, including 17 breeding waterfowl species, make this refuge a wildlife wonderland.
The refuge, originally named Mud Lake Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, was ...
Lake Bronson State Park
|Description: The park is a fine example of aspen parkland that supports a variety of wildlife from the prairie-dwelling upland sandpipers and sharp-tailed grouse, to the spectacular American elk. Lake Bronson is one of the few sizeable bodies of water in the area and provides the visitor with an excellent swimming beach, good fishing, and enjoyable canoeing and boating. In winter, snowmobilers, skiers and snowshoers enjoy the park's network of trails through varying vegetation and terrain.|
Wildlife to Watch: From the observation tower in the park, view the prairie and aspen-oak forests or watch for deer. The South Branch of the Two Rivers fills Lake Bronson. The lake, which is actually a reservoir, offers visitors swimming, fishing, boating, great camping, and a tranquil backdrop for the picnic grounds. For those who prefer a prairie experience, one of the campground areas allows camping on the prairie. The park has two canoe-in sites on an island. There are 3 remote hike-in campsites on the river where waterfowl watching can be awesome. Wildlife to observe include: red-tailed hawk, common loon, double-crested cormorant, mallard, Canada goose, trumpeter swan, northern flicker, hairy and downy woodpeckers, ruffed grouse, mourning dove, pine grosbeak, common redpoll, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, myrtle warbler, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow-rumped warbler, chipping sparrow, blue jay, Baltimore oriole, indigo bunting, eastern bluebird. Lake Bronson is a place where common loons congregate in early fall, and they can often be seen from the fishing pier. Mammals include coyote, bear, mink, raccoon, and white-tailed deer, and occasionally elk. The park also has sizeable reptile and amphibian populations.
Special Tips: Recreational facilities include a picnic area, picnic shelter, playground, two fishing piers, swimming beach, volleyball court and horseshoes. In winter there is a warming house and ice fishing is popular. This park also has Wi-Fi in the lakeside campground during summer months. The visitor center is available to rent for meetings or events any time of year; the visitor center has great hall for meetings or events and a kitchen. Also available is a walk through display area.
Other Activities: This park has the largest observation/water tower in the Minnesota state park system, historic Works Progress Administration (WPA)-built structures, a playground, excellent prairie and aspen parkland habitat, camping, hiking and biking trails, and a visitor center. A Lake Bronson State Park Bird Checklist can be found here. This park is also a geocaching demo park that has GPS units to loan out for free; inquire at the park office for more information.
Ownership: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Size: 4,375 acres
Closest Town: Lake Bronson
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