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Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish
(4.7/5 based on 15 reviews on the web)
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. Common trees include tamarack, tag alder, cedar, diamond willow, black and white spruce, jackpine, and green ash and black ash with paper birch, "popple" or quaking aspen, white and red pines in the uplands. There are numerous rare plants, including carnivorous sundews and pitcher plants. Animals include bald eagles, wolves, black bears, white-tailed deer, and moose.
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TripAdvisor
  • Bogs are awesome environments, and this one is no exception. Turned around and drove back after I saw the sign. (Don't forget to get your sticker at the nice visitor center). The interpretive signs ar...  more »
  • We love the Big Bog board walk, especially the pitcher plants. Climbing the fire tower at the campground is a must, great views. We also rented kayaks and paddled the Tamarack River! Beautiful area! 
  • This was kind of a strange place. We stopped on a terribly humid June day. The fire tower was right next to the visitor's center. We are trying to climb every fire tower in Minnesota, and this was by ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit! CAMPING: The RV sites are close together, but that is usual. The bathrooms are up to date and there is a fish cleaning house too! The river is right by some of the sites, so keep that in mind if you have small children. STAFF: The camp staff have always been kind to me as a visitor, and my friends who stay here regularly know them by name and speak well of them. BOATING: There are docs right of the river at the campsite, so your boat can be easily accessed from your campsite. The river gets you right onto Red Lake. I've heard there are boats to rent too.
  • What a beautiful place to visit. Camping sites are decent, some are riverside. The showers and bathrooms are recently renovated. Ranger station has public access WIFI. Lots of boat access to Red Lake. Riverside campsites provide boat docks. Cabins available, clean and well maintained. Only one downside to entire experience... Bring a LOT of bug repellent, the mosquitos are EVERYWHERE and ravenous.
  • Cool bogs. If you don't know what a bog is, you need to stop by. A long elevated walkway winds through the various stages of the bog with signs describing the unusual plants and animals. Only downside is the quantity of insects. Go on a windy day!
  • What a great, fun, place to go. The bog walk was absolutely amazing, fantastic sights. It was great for our kids, but might be a little long for them to make if they're younger.
  • Beautiful unique place to visit. Great information on the trail.