Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish

#43 of 65 in Wildlife in Minnesota
Must see · State Park · Wildlife Area
Big Bog State Recreation Area, a recent addition to the Minnesota state park system, is located on Minnesota State Highway 72, north of Waskish, Minnesota. It covers 9,459 acres (38.3 km2), primarily swamps, bogs, and upland "islands".

The park was started by local grassroots efforts in 2002, it became a state recreation area and officially opened in June 2006.
The "Big Bog" is composed mostly of wetlands. The name was not widely used but had shown up previously in maps, such as by the National Geographic Society. The greater Big Bog region stretches from jackpine forests north of Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County, Minnesota and Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota to the communities along U.S. Route 71 leading to International Falls (Mizpah, Gemmell, Margie, Big Falls, and Littlefork) in Koochiching County, Minnesota. This includes much of the Pine Island State Forest and two National Natural Areas: Upper Red Lake Peatland, and the Lost River Peatland. It is also almost entirely unpopulated, except for the town of Waskish along Highway 72.
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  • It's a very beautiful, quiet, and peaceful area. The showers are nice as well as the toilets. My wife and I stopped in to see the stars and we really got an amazing view. I really love this place.  more »
  • What an incredible educational experience. Kudos to the town for spearheading this phenomenal project. I have never visited a bog before and this was a great introduction to peatland and bog...  more »
  • Very pretty area, and I love the boardwalk which allows people to actually walk quite a ways into the bog. Other than butterflies and dragonflies, I didn't see any wildlife. Lots of people walking, running, making noise. This was a Saturday morning in late August; I'm sure other days and times are quieter.
  • The lake is high this year but kids can walk out a block or two before swimming. That sand is nice. Bring your picnic to set up on the tables. Or stay &make a fire looking out over the lake. Want to take a walk? Follow the trail.

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