Big Bog State Park, also known as Big Bog Recreation Area, is a Minnesota State Park located in The Bogs region of far north-central Minnesota, on the west bank of the Tamarack River and at the northeastern tip of Red Lake.
From the town of Waskish, take Highway 2 north for approximately 2 miles.
This is one of Minnesota's only remaining true wilderness areas. Red Lake is Minnesota's largest lake that is entirely within the state's borders. The park is divided into two segments: the southern portion, where you will find the campground, and the northern portion on Highway 72, where you can explore Big Bog's attractions and enjoy recreation.
Colorful wildflowers and birds thrive in the bogs. Plant varieties include bottle gentians, rosemary, bog laurel, sundew, pitcher-plant, moccasin flowers, and bog orchids. Over 300 species of birds, including many warblers, nest in the bog. You may spot Palm Warblers, Connecticut Warblers, Nashville Warblers and more. Great grey owls are seen at times. Bears, wolves, fox, bobcats and bog lemmings are among some of the wildlife that inhabits this area. You might also see a moose in this park.
You can fish at the mouth of the Tamarack River or cast a line for walleyes in Upper Red Lake. There is a boat ramp available. Enjoy the sandy swimming beach on Upper Red Lake as well. Hike the wooded, half-mile long Old Marina Trail to an observation platform above the river.
Access the campground by road or by boat from the river, where mooring docks are available. Camping facilities include 21 tent sites and 26 RV sites with electrical hookups. Five rustic year-round camper cabins are available. These have electricity and are heated; however, they have no indoor plumbing.
Fresh water, flush and vault toilets, showers, fire rings, picnic tables, and fish-cleaning facilities are provided in the park.
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