Brainerd and Vicinity

Merrifield, Minnesota 56465

Brainerd and Vicinity

Brainerd and Vicinity Professional Review and Guide

"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 of the wing of the Raven,” later referred to as Crow Wing. Today it remains the name of the county that hosts some of the most beautiful—and most developed—areas in the state, outside of the Twin Cities area. The name first suggested for the town of Brainerd was “Ogemaqua,” meaning “chief woman,” a name the Ojibways had given the beautiful early settler Emma Beaulieu.

Key birds: Common Loon; Red-necked Grebe; Red-shouldered Hawk; American Woodcock; Red-headed, Red-bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Alder Flycatcher; Yellowthroated and Warbling Vireos. Don’t miss: West end of North Long Lake (Red-necked Grebes). This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
1 day
Best April-June; December-February
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