Minnesota state parks are a haven for birds and birdwatchers alike. Bird habitats around Minnesota—and everywhere in the world—are declining, and as a result, so are many bird species and populations. The state parks provide and preserve a much-needed variety and diversity of habitats for birds. If you want to see birds in Minnesota, visit a state park!
- Park-specific bird checklists
- Parks with free loaner birding kits
- More birding resources
- The best birding spots in Minnesota state parks (MPR News)
Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.
Birding events in Minnesota State Parks
Itasca State Park
Glendalough State Park
Jay Cooke State Park
Wild River State Park
Lake Carlos State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Birds of Minnesota State Parks
We're thrilled to introduce Birds of Minnesota State Parks, which was 11 years in the making and includes more than 200 pages of maps, color photos and insider tips on finding and identifying over 300 birds that can be seen in Minnesota state parks.
The book was a labor of love by noted ornithologist and author Bob Janssen, Minnesota State Parks and Trails, and the Minnesota Nongame Wildlife Program.
Available for purchase here: