There is something for everyone when you visit Big Bog. The Boardwalk, a 100-foot observation tower, the Tamarac River, a picnic area, and a swimming beach, along with many trails. Get ready for a day of adventure. In the 1920s and 1930s, the surrounding areas had their huge pine trees and wooded groves cut down in a massive logging effort. The bog, however, because it is swampy and lacks mature pines has remained virtually untouched. Even though some have attempted to drain the bog and harvest the rich peat, they have not been able to do so.\
The Big Bog State Recreation Area was developed in 2000. Since it is a state park you will need a pass to enter, currently $7 for a one-day vehicle permit. Once you enter, you can find a wealth of information at the Visitor Center.
You can choose to explore the Big Bog by climbing the 100 ft. observation tower. From there you will see amazing views from Upper Red Lake to the west, islands of spruce and tamarack trees poking up in the northeast, and the Tamarac River to the east.
Looking for a water adventure? Rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy a peaceful trip on the Tamarac River. It begins in the bog and flows into Upper Red Lake. You can experience a variety of wildlife along the river. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon floating along this historical trade route of the Native Americans and early European settlers. Drop a line in from the dock and try your luck at fishing. If you forgot your pole the office has them available free for you to check out!
You won’t want to miss the boardwalk. This mile-long handicap accessible trail will lead you to areas that once were unreachable. You will discover rare plants and animals alike as you travel the longest boardwalk in the United Staes. Enjoy the viewing platform that overlooks the bog and tells you the air temperature as well as the bog temperature. This is one trip, the Big Bog, into nature that you will remember and enjoy for a very long time.
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Be sure to visit the DNR website to learn about park passes, hours of operation, and any restrictions.