Big Bog State Recreation Area
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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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As of 5/14, things are starting to turn green in the campground. The Tamarac River is scheduled to open to fishing on May 18 at 12:00am. The ice on the lake is nearly gone, except for a few large ice bergs.
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.
Firewood Restrictions Information:
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.