Zipple Bay State Park

Baudette, Minnesota

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Northeast of Williams on the southeast side of Lake of the Woods. A beach walk along the shore of Lake of the woods, from a picnic area to the entrance to Zipple Bay. Special attractions: Bird watching and beachcombing in the black sand. Most of the park’s trails wander amid jack pine and birch forests, where you can search for the four species of ladyslippers indigenous to the area. This trail starts at one of the most popular sections in the park—the fine sand beach. It takes you from the beach to the entrance to Zipple Bay, where the original fishing fleet was headquartered to protect the boats from the lake’s thrashing storms. From the beach, you can see your destination, a rock levee down to the left (west). The beach is narrower than the Lake Superior beach walk, but it does have an interesting layer of black sand formed from iron flakes. In spots, the shore is crowded by willow and alder, reaching out toward the water, which is so shallow that a few rounded boulders poke above the surface, providing perches for sea gulls.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

Northeast of Williams on the southeast side of Lake of the Woods. A beach walk along the shore of Lake of the woods, from a picnic area to the entrance to Zipple Bay. Special attractions: Bird watching and beachcombing in the black sand.

Most of the park’s trails wander amid jack pine and birch forests, where you can search for the four species of ladyslippers indigenous to the area. This trail starts at one of the most popular sections in the park—the fine sand beach. It takes you from the beach to the entrance to Zipple Bay, where the original fishing fleet was headquartered to protect the boats from the lake’s thrashing storms.

From the beach, you can see your destination, a rock levee down to the left (west). The beach is narrower than the Lake Superior beach walk, but it does have an interesting layer of black sand formed from iron flakes. In spots, the shore is crowded by willow and alder, reaching out toward the water, which is so shallow that a few rounded boulders poke above the surface, providing perches for sea gulls.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baudette
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map; USGS quad: Williams SE
Driving Directions: Directions to Zipple Bay State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/23/2008
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Zippel Bay State Park has a few walking trails but the best part is 1) walking along the beach, and 2) putting your fishing boat into the bay and heading out onto Lake of the Woods.



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