Where to go: 10/30, Last report: The bogwalk still offers gold and dark green, along with the silvery-blue lake at its end. 10/20: While most trees in the park have lost their leaves, the bog walk is peaking now. Tamarack is golden now--with a frosting of snow for the moment! Still many lovely dark-red oak leaves to be seen as well. Update 10/13 Sundew pond is at peak with tamarack and quaking aspens golden yellow. The park entrance road is still worth a look with orange and red sugar maples lining the drive into the park.
What you'll see: 10/30, Last report: Even the tamarack are dropping their needles--the bogwalk is glowing with gold! But the dominant fall color is now "pine green." Update 10/22 fourth morning of light snowfall. So far only a trace each time. Update 10/20 Tamaracks and red oak are now the dominant trees with deep reds and golden yellows. Update 10/8 Maple and red oak are taking over the color scheme this week as other trees turn brown and drop their leaves. The pine trees continue to leave brilliant orange blankets on the ground beneath them.
Also of interest: 10/30, Last report: November 9-12 is the regular deer hunt in the park. The park remains open but hikers should wear blaze orange (some vests and caps are available to borrow). Update 10/22 extended forecast is for below normal temperature and periodic snowfall. Update 10/8, juncos have arrived and the confusing warbler migration continues! Small flocks of wood ducks are resting and eating wild rice on Bass Creek.Last updated: October 30, 2013
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3401 State Park Road Northeast
10 minutes north of Bemidji off Highway 71 N. Watch for and follow park signage.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.