Best Birding in Minnesota

This list represents the most popular birding in Minnesota. Use this list to plan your next Minnesota birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Duluth and Vicinity

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    Duluth, MN

    Positioned at the head of Lake Superior, Duluth has always been an important stopover along the routes passing through the Minnesota territory. Explorers who first sought the North American interior ...
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    Positioned at the head of Lake Superior, Duluth has always been an important stopover along the routes passing through the ...

  • #2 Waskish and Vicinity

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    Waskish, MN

    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 ...
    •  1 day
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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 ...

  • #3 North Shore and Vicinity

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    Grand Marais, MN

    Lake Superior’s North Shore and the region surrounding it could be viewed as two separate life zones. The interior of the region, behind the steep ridge that guards the lake’s northwest side, ...
    •  3 to 7 days
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    Lake Superior’s North Shore and the region surrounding it could be viewed as two separate life zones. The interior of the ...

  • #4 Itasca State Park and Vicinity

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    Bagley, MN

    The word “Itasca” may sound like it has Native American origins, but it is a contrived composite of the Latin “Veritas Caput,” or “true head,” as its discoverer Schoolcraft christened it in 1832. ...
    •  3 days
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    The word “Itasca” may sound like it has Native American origins, but it is a contrived composite of the Latin “Veritas Caput,” ...

  • #5 Frontenac State Park

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    Frontenac, MN

    Rarely is a birding area extremely productive of species, yet charming and scenic at the same time. Frontenac State Park is such a place, and it is well known to Minnesota birders. Perched on ...
    •  3 hours
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    Rarely is a birding area extremely productive of species, yet charming and scenic at the same time. Frontenac State Park ...

  • #6 Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge / Thief Lake

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    Thief River Falls, MN

    This book has already discussed the scope of the former Glacial Lake Agassiz, which covered northwestern Minnesota, much of Ontario and Manitoba, as well as parts of Saskatchewan and North D ...
    •  1 day
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    This book has already discussed the scope of the former Glacial Lake Agassiz, which covered northwestern Minnesota, much ...

  • #7 Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

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    White Earth, MN

    Saying “all rivers lead here” may be an exaggeration, but certainly the lands of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge rest upon a “height of land” that was important to Native Americans as well as ...
    •  1 day
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    Saying “all rivers lead here” may be an exaggeration, but certainly the lands of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge rest upon ...

  • #8 Aitkin / McGregor, Mille Lacs, and Vicinity

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    Palisade, MN

    Aitkin has been the scene of commerce for hundreds of years. A fur post on Cedar Lake, just west of the present city, was built by the British in the mid-1700s. The post sat on the main Ojibway ...
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    Aitkin has been the scene of commerce for hundreds of years. A fur post on Cedar Lake, just west of the present city, was ...

  • #9 Twin Cities Southwest

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    Minneapolis, MN

    The southwestern portion of the Twin Cities includes some of the most beautiful landscapes the metropolitan area has to offer. Hundreds of years ago, the lands that surrounded Lake Minnetonka, ...
    •  3 to 4 days
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    The southwestern portion of the Twin Cities includes some of the most beautiful landscapes the metropolitan area has to offer. ...

  • #10 Twin Cities Northwest

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    Minneapolis, MN

    Hennepin County was named to honor Louis Hennepin (or Father Hennepin, as he has become known), a Franciscan missionary and one of the first European explorers to visit the area. In 1680, Hennepin ...
    •  1 to 2 days
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    Hennepin County was named to honor Louis Hennepin (or Father Hennepin, as he has become known), a Franciscan missionary and ...

  • #11 Carlos Avery Trail

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    Wyoming, MN

    The 23,000 acres of the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area offer some of the best wetlands viewing of birds and other wildlife close to the Twin Cities. More than 275 species of ...
    •  3.5–4.5 hours
    •  8.7 miles
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    The 23,000 acres of the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area offer some of the best wetlands viewing of birds and ...

  • #12 Winona and Vicinity

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    Winona, MN

    Despite its gentle, feminine name, the lore surrounding the site of this beautiful river city reads like an historic soap opera. The Indian maiden Winona was the cousin of the last of the Sioux ...
    •  1/2 day
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    Despite its gentle, feminine name, the lore surrounding the site of this beautiful river city reads like an historic soap ...

  • #13 Twin Cities Northeast

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    Saint Paul, MN

    The northeastern portion of the metropolitan area bears landforms and habitats as different from each other as the state’s major biomes themselves. The eastern portion of this zone, close to ...
    •  2 to 3 days
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    The northeastern portion of the metropolitan area bears landforms and habitats as different from each other as the state’s ...

  • #14 Twin Cities Southeast

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    Saint Paul, MN

    Though Minnesota seems relatively young in terms of settlement, more than three hundred years have passed since explorers of the 1600s made the turn at the confluence of the St. Croix River near ...
    •  1 to 2 days
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    Though Minnesota seems relatively young in terms of settlement, more than three hundred years have passed since explorers ...

  • #15 Brainerd and Vicinity

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    Merrifield, MN

    Early explorers adopted the name Crow Wing from the Ojibway description of an island at the junction of the present Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers. The French translated the name to mean “River ...
    •  1 day
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    Early explorers adopted the name Crow Wing from the Ojibway description of an island at the junction of the present Crow ...

  • #16 Albert Lea and Vicinity

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    Albert Lea, MN

    Southeastern Minnesota, with its beautifully wooded hills and hollows, has been described as “little Switzerland.” The area gets attention for its long, rolling grasslands, unusual “blue” coteaus, ...
    •  1 day
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    Southeastern Minnesota, with its beautifully wooded hills and hollows, has been described as “little Switzerland.” The area ...

  • #17 Lake of the Woods and Vicinity

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    Williams, MN

    We refer to most of Minnesota’s lakes in acres, but reference to a body as large as Lake of the Woods must be made in miles. This lasting vestige of Glacial Lake Agassiz spans more than 2,000 ...
    •  2 days
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    We refer to most of Minnesota’s lakes in acres, but reference to a body as large as Lake of the Woods must be made in miles. ...

  • #18 Moorhead / Felton Prairie and Vicinity

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    Moorhead, MN

    The Red River of the North separates the Minnesota city of Moorhead from its sister, Fargo, North Dakota. For about 400 winding miles it divides the two states themselves. The river begins at ...
    •  1 day
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    The Red River of the North separates the Minnesota city of Moorhead from its sister, Fargo, North Dakota. For about 400 winding ...

  • #19 Bear Lake and Vicinity

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    Hibbing, MN

    North of the Minnesota cities of Hibbing and Grand Rapids, about 25 miles north of the small town of Nashwauk, lies a remote forested region whose bogs, streams, and rivers drain northward to ...
    •  2 days
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    North of the Minnesota cities of Hibbing and Grand Rapids, about 25 miles north of the small town of Nashwauk, lies a remote ...

  • #20 Big Stone / Lac Qui Parle and Vicinity

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    Odessa, MN

    The headwater of the Minnesota River, Big Stone Lake stretches 26 miles from Brown’s Valley to Ortonville, never more than 1.5 miles wide. Once the lower outlet of Glacial Lake Agassiz, the river ...
    •  2 days
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    The headwater of the Minnesota River, Big Stone Lake stretches 26 miles from Brown’s Valley to Ortonville, never more than ...