Birds of the Byway
Here are several bird watching locations along the Birds of the Byway.
For the locations below I provided directions, info, habitat and wildlife.
Enjoy the Birds and wildlife found at these locations!
1. UPPGAARD WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA):
Location: From Hwy 371 travel 9.4 miles on County Road 16 between Ideal Corners and HWY 66.
Info: This 110 Acre tract was donated to the DNR in 1987 by the Uppgaard's.
Habitat: Rolling hills, small ponds and wetlands, mixed hardwood and pine found throughout area. Nice walking trails with wildlife watching areas.
Wildlife: No species list available, but a great place to see a great variety of birds during the peak spring/fall bird mirgrations.
2. RICE LAKE LOWELL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WMA):
Location: From Pequot Lakes travel on Co Rd 11 East 1.9 miles to sign and frontage road.
Info: Rice Lake is small shallow lake
Habitat: Mixed hardwoods and some Pine are found along Rice Lake. Best viewing is from the road.
Wildlife: Rice Lake is a good location for migrating waterfowl during Spring/Fall migration. On 10/30/2011 52 Trumpeter Swans were observed.
3. OSPREY NESTING PLATFORM:
Location: County Road 11 5.5 miles west of County Road 3
Info: Active Osprey Nesting Platform, great viewing from County Road 11
Habitat: Mixed forest with near by lakes (Pelican and Ossawinnamakee)
Wildlife: The nesting pair successfully raised and fledged two birds in 2011
4. CHIARELLA FOREST MANAGEMENT AREA (FMA):
Location: From Pequot Lakes travel on County Road 11 7.3 miles to Highway Sign
Info: 77 acre tract was donated by the Chiraella family to the DNR. In 1992 the DNR planted 12,800 Red Pines and 500 wildlife-attacting shrubs for wildlife habitat. At the parking area,look for the Byway Interepretive sign.
Habitat: Mixed Hardwoods (aspen, oak, birch) with a large Red Pine Plantation.
Wildlife: A nice place for seeing migrating species spring/fall.
5. VETERANS WALKING TRAIL:
Location: From Hwy 371 travel on County Road 16 2.3 miles to Veterans Trail sign (Pine Cone Rd).
Info: In 1958 a fire burned nearly 800 acres of Timber. The south Loop trail has a newer 500' wetland walk takes you across a wetland that connects back to the island loop. The North Loop Trail offers views of Upper Hay Lake and is .08 miles.
A map and interpretive panel is available at the parking area and along the trails.
Habitat: Mixed Hardwoods and Pine. Lowland coniferous forest with mixed shrubs.
Wildlife: A great variety of wildlife can be found here the best time is during the spring/fall migration.
6. US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (CROSSLAKE) PARK, CAMPGROUND AND BEACH:
Location: Located in the city of Crosslake on County Road 66.
Info: Located on the very popular Whitefish chain of lakes, this recreation area offers wooded camping setting with a variety of tree species being present and abundant. Many types of water related recreational opportunities are available. A great location looking for waterfowl and waterbirds makes Cross lake Recreation Area a major destination location.
Habitat: Mixed Pines and some hard woods with open water year round.
Wildlife: Many species of waterfowl and waterbird are attracted to the year round open water source.