Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish

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#24 of 25 in Wildlife in Minnesota
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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  • The Great Bog Board Walk starts at a pretty pond created by gravel mining and continues on for a mile through the biggest bog in the U.S. There are miniature spruce and tamarack trees, strange ferns, ...  more »
  • Walked out on the boardwalk into the bog. The signs along the way were interesting and informative. We enjoyed the walk (about a mile in and a mile out). Learned more about bogs than I ever knew.  more »
  • Nice, easy hike for geocache. Clean, modern looking grounds. Staff was friendly. Tall fire tower to climb and get an amazing view.  more »
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  • Unless you're fishing on or around​ Upper Red Lake, you won't usually find yourself around Big Bog. But if somehow you do, I would greatly recommend visiting. Part of the largest peat bog in the lower 48 states, it is a strange but very interesting place with unique fauna and flora.
  • Wonderful camp ground. Bathrooms and showers are new and kept very clean. Campground is small and close to the river with access to Upper Red Lake. I will come back again.
  • Great Camp sites. On the river to Upper Red Lake.
  • Largest bog in the lower 48 states. Well maintained boardwalk and easily accessible.
  • Good state park with lots of educational exhibits in the contact station.

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