Big Bog State Recreation Area

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Big Bog State Recreation Area


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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Visitor Alert!

Visitor Center and Fire Tower fall hours are:

Sunday - Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm

ALL campsites at Big Bog will be reservable starting January 1, 2015!

Walk-in camping will still be available in any site not reserved.

Public Hunting

By legislation, most of the northern portion of Big Bog State Recreation Area is open to public hunting and trapping. There is no hunting or trapping allowed on or in the vicinity of Ludlow Island or the boardwalk.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 19, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the recreation area!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Year-Round Camper Cabins

Five 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.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Big Bog State Recreation Area.

Park Highlights

tree Fishing

tree Camping

tree Birdwatching

tree Bog Boardwalk

tree Swimming

tree Picnicking


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact

P.O. Box 428
Waskish, MN 56685

tel: 218-647-8592

fax: 218-647-8730

email: bigbog.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Located on Highway 72, just north of the town of Waskish.