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Big Bog State Park

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.

How to Get to Big Bog State Park:

From the town of Waskish, take Highway 2 north for approximately 2 miles.

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Park Highlights:

  • The 500 square miles of peat bog is the largest undisturbed area of bog within the lower 48 states. 
  • A mile-long boardwalk allows park visitors to get a first-hand look at the unusual plant and animal life within this unique resource. You will find many interpretive displays along the boardwalk.
  • The bogs are a historic source of medicinal plants for Ojibwe Indian tribes.

Big Bog's Natural Attractions:

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.

Things to Do in Big Bog State 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.

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Camping in Big Bog State Park:

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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More Attractions in This Region:

Visit Roseau famed for hockey and the self-proclaimed title of "Snowmobile Capital of Minnesota," Warroad, which is the only U.S. port on Lake of the Woods, or Angle Inlet, which can only be reached by driving into Canada and then back into the U.S. Bring your passport.

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Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota:

Franz Jevne State Park > Zippel Bay State Park > Hayes Lake State Park


P.O. Box 428
Waskish, MN 56685
Phone: 218-647-8592
Fax: 218-647-8730

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