Waskish and Vicinity

Waskish, Minnesota

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The tiny hamlet of Waskish (on State Highway 72 northwest of Grand Rapids and northeast of Bemidji) borders the east side of Upper Red Lake and is notable only because of the lack of landmarks on this stretch of highway. “Blink and you miss it,” certainly applies here; but if you miss Waskish, you also miss Red Lake, and that would be unfortunate. There remains some question whether Red Lake was named for its iron-stained feeder creeks, Indian wars, or the magnificent crimson sunsets that reflect off its waters; most likely it is the final reason, and if you happen through Waskish around sunset and look to the west across this massive lake, you will see why. Key birds: Hooded Merganser; Sharp-tailed Grouse; Yellow Rail; Snowy Owl (winter); Great Gray and Saw-whet Owls; Black-backed Woodpecker; Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers; Hermit Thrush; Connecticut, Mourning, and Nashville Warblers; Le Conte’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Don’t miss: First view of Upper Red Lake from Highway 72 bridge.
Birding Minnesota

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Birding Minnesota

by Jay Michael Strangis (Falcon Guides)

The tiny hamlet of Waskish (on State Highway 72 northwest of Grand Rapids and northeast of Bemidji) borders the east side of Upper Red Lake and is notable only because of the lack of landmarks on this stretch of highway. “Blink and you miss it,” certainly applies here; but if you miss Waskish, you also miss Red Lake, and that would be unfortunate. There remains some question whether Red Lake was named for its iron-stained feeder creeks, Indian wars, or the magnificent crimson sunsets that reflect off its waters; most likely it is the final reason, and if you happen through Waskish around sunset and look to the west across this massive lake, you will see why.

Key birds: Hooded Merganser; Sharp-tailed Grouse; Yellow Rail; Snowy Owl (winter); Great Gray and Saw-whet Owls; Black-backed Woodpecker; Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers; Hermit Thrush; Connecticut, Mourning, and Nashville Warblers; Le Conte’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Don’t miss: First view of Upper Red Lake from Highway 72 bridge.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Waskish
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 day
Best Times: Best April-June; October-November; December-January
Local Contacts: Minnesota State Wildlife Management
Local Maps: Minnesota Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Waskish and Vicinity

Recent Trail Reviews

9/14/2007
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Waskish is home to the Big Bog State Recreation Area with a unit on Upper Red Lake and a second unit 12 miles up Hwy 72 where the Bog is. The park constructed a great boardwalk a mile into the bog. I was there mid-September and did not see many birds. The bog walk is the highlight of this destination.



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