La Crescent and Vicinity

La Crescent, Minnesota

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The river town of La Crescent need not envy the larger La Crosse, Wisconsin, that rests across the river. La Crescent is charming enough in its own right, and it certainly attracts more birders than its neighbor. Nevertheless, La Crescent earned its name somewhat by default to La Crosse, owing to a longstanding rivalry between the two town sites. The La Crescent area holds the distinction of producing an interesting array of hard-to-find birds, all in one place. Least Bittern, King Rail (rare), Yellow-crowned Night Heron (rare), Common Moorhen, and Prothonotary, Cerulean, and Blue-winged Warblers all have been found here, in addition to the more common regional wetland and forest bird species. La Crescent lies 134 miles south of St. Paul on State Highway 61, just 23 miles north of the Iowa border. Interstate 90, which runs all the way across southern Minnesota, enters Wisconsin just above La Crescent. Key birds: Bald Eagle (nesting, Blue Lake); Wild Turkey; Great Egret; Least Bittern; Sora Rail; Virginia Rail; Common Moorhen; Willow Flycatcher; Tufted Titmouse; Sedge Wren; Wood Thrush; Prothonotary, Cerulean, and Bluewinged Warblers.
Birding Minnesota

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Birding Minnesota

by Jay Michael Strangis (Falcon Guides)

The river town of La Crescent need not envy the larger La Crosse, Wisconsin, that rests across the river. La Crescent is charming enough in its own right, and it certainly attracts more birders than its neighbor. Nevertheless, La Crescent earned its name somewhat by default to La Crosse, owing to a longstanding rivalry between the two town sites.

The La Crescent area holds the distinction of producing an interesting array of hard-to-find birds, all in one place. Least Bittern, King Rail (rare), Yellow-crowned Night Heron (rare), Common Moorhen, and Prothonotary, Cerulean, and Blue-winged Warblers all have been found here, in addition to the more common regional wetland and forest bird species. La Crescent lies 134 miles south of St. Paul on State Highway 61, just 23 miles north of the Iowa border. Interstate 90, which runs all the way across southern Minnesota, enters Wisconsin just above La Crescent. Key birds: Bald Eagle (nesting, Blue Lake); Wild Turkey; Great Egret; Least Bittern; Sora Rail; Virginia Rail; Common Moorhen; Willow Flycatcher; Tufted Titmouse; Sedge Wren; Wood Thrush; Prothonotary, Cerulean, and Bluewinged Warblers.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: La Crescent
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1/2 day
Best Times: Best May-June
Local Contacts: O.L. Kipp State Park
Local Maps: Minnesota Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to La Crescent and Vicinity

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