Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide
"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 early fur traders. From here one could reach, via water, the Mississippi River to the east and the Red River of the North to the west, separated by a portage between Shell and Height of Land lakes. The Ojibway called it by a name that roughly translates as “a divide separating water that runs different ways.” From here the Buffalo River leaves Tamarac Lake, the Pelican River leaves Detroit Lake, and the Ottertail River runs through Height of Land Lake—all major tributaries on their way to the Red River of the North. Nearby, the Shell River leaves Shell Lake on its way to the Crow Wing River and the Mississippi.
Key birds: Red-necked Grebe; Hooded Merganser; Bald Eagle; Ruffed Grouse; American Woodcock; Sedge Wren; Nashville, Chestnut-sided, and Mourning Warblers; White-throated Sparrow; Purple Finch. Don’t miss: Refuge Blackbird Auto Tour, Egg Lake Trail (fall). This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps."