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Itasca State Park
Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca was established in 1891. The park is over 32, 000 acres and there are 100 lakes included in the park, as well as the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. The park contains some of Minnesota’s best examples of 100-300 year old old-growth red and white pine f...
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Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Tamarac lies in the heart of one of the most diverse vegetative transition zones in North America, where northern hardwood forests, coniferous forests and the tall grass prairie converge. This diversity of habitat brings with it a wealth of wildlife, both woodland and prairie species.

An attractive visitor center offers a spectacular vista of the marshes and trees that are typical of the Tamarac Refuge. A theater presentation provides orientation to the life and legends of this unique area.

Wildlife to Watch: The refuge abounds with wildlife-viewing opportunities, and over 250 bird and 50 mammal species have been recorded here since 1938. Lakes, rivers, and wetlands provide homes for countless species of fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Near woodlands and grasslands, you will find butterflies, moths, insects, and other creatures.

Special Tips: Leaf color during the fall season is spectacular! Hiking trails and the auto tour route allow quick access to scenic areas. A bird checklist is available.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 42,724 acres 
Closest Town: Detroit Lakes

RestroomsFishingHikingVisitor CenterHuntingSmall BoatsDrinking WaterAuto Tour

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Wolf - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The refuge office/visitor center is located 18 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes, MN, at the junction of County Roads 26 & 29.

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Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area