Wetlands to visit

Visit wetlands in state parks

Minnesota State Parks have trails, boardwalks, exhibits, visitor centers and other areas where you can observe and come to understand the value of wetlands. Here are just some of the places you can find in Minnesota State Parks to learn more about wetlands.

State Park

Number of trails

Type of Wetland(s)

Hayes Lake

1 trail/boardwalk*

Cedar bog

Lake Bemidji

3 trails and boardwalks*

Tamarack bog, beaver ponds, ash swamp

Lake Carlos

1 trail

Marsh

Maplewood

3 trails*

Marsh, prairie pothole

Crosby-Manitou

1 trail

Spruce/cedar bog

Gooseberry

2 trails

Beaver ponds, flood plain

Scenic

3 trails*

Bog, marsh

Tettegouche

1 trail

Cedar/alder bog

Crow Wing

3 trails

Flood plain, prairie pothole

Mille Lacs Kathio

2 trails and boardwalks*

Bog, marsh, flood plain swamp

Wild River

3 trails*

Floodplain, swamp, beaver ponds

Big Stone Lake

1 trail

Floodplain, swamp

Blue Mounds

1 trail

Marsh, prairie pothole

Camden

2 trails

Restored prairie pothole

Flandrau

1 trail

Marsh

Lac Qui Parle

1 trail

Floodplain, swamp

Lake Shetek

2 trails

Marsh

Minneopa

1 trail

Marsh

Sibley

5 trails*

Prairie pothole, swamps

Forestville

2 trails

Spring fed swamp

Frontenac

1 trail

Marsh

Great River Bluffs

1 trail

Floodplain, swamp

Myre Big Island

1 trail

Open marsh

Rice Lake

1 trail

Marsh

Sakatah Lake

1 trail

Open marsh

Whitewater

1 trail*

Beaver pond

*on-site interpretive brochures, signs or exhibits

Remember, these are just some of the places to see wetlands. Virtually every state park in Minnesota has at least some kind of wetland to experience. From floodplain forests along river bottoms to the Lake Superior shoreline to streams and waterfalls to the compelling story of groundwater in Mystery Cave, each park has a unique story to tell you about the value of wetlands.