Big Bog State Recreation Area has been called Minnesota's last true wilderness. This two-part recreation area includes a northern unit and a southern unit. The 500-square-mile peat bog, the largest in the lower 48 states, is located in the northern unit. A mile-long boardwalk, completed in 2005, enables visitors to get a first-hand look at the unique plant and animal life of this rare resource. The bog, which has long been a source of medicinal plants for the Ojibwe Indians, represented a barrier to European settlers who tried in vain to drain it. Today, many of the native plants, including yellow-eyed grass, bog rush and two kinds of sundews, are on Minnesota's endangered or threatened species list. From orchids to carnivorous plants to rare birds, visitors will see a mixture of fascinating and rare resources.
The southern unit includes a campground with 31 campsites (26 electric sites) winterized camper cabins, a sandy beach, picnic grounds, and great fishing.
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Wetlands of Distinction
Visitor Center and Fire Tower hours are:
Sunday-Thursday 9:00am-4:30pm; Friday-Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm.
(Updated July 19, 2017)
Fire Tower Webcam
Can't make the trip in person? Check out the view of Upper Red Lake from the top of the fire tower on this real-time webcam.
Year-Round Camper Cabins
Six camper cabins located in the southern unit have electricity and are heated for use year-round. These are rustic cabins with no indoor plumbing. A family-style modern shower/restroom is available year-round at the Visitor Center. Vault toilets next to the cabins are available in winter as well as summer season. A shower building is available for use in the campground on a seasonal basis.
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Big Bog State Recreation Area.
Bird Checklist at Big Bog State Recreation Area.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
P.O. Box 428
Waskish, MN 56685
Located on Highway 72, just north of the town of Waskish.