Bird Watching

Minnesota bird watching is a great way to experience the beauty and natural therapy of nature.

Minnesota Bird watchers enjoy the natural beauty of the Brainerd Lakes area combined with the wide variety of things to do and the great selection of lodging and indoor waterparks. When planning your Minnesota Bird watching adventure, be sure to put the Brainerd Lakes Area at the top of your list. All the bird watchers in your family or group will be glad that you did. Kid's bird watching is a great way to build appreciation for the great outdoors. 

For the best Minnesota Bird Watching experience we recommend that our visiting bird watchers check out the areas listed below. Many bird watchers prefer to bring in an expert to help ensure that their Minnesota Bird watching experience is one to remember. For that we have you covered, call our friends at Minnesota Backyard Birds for a memorable Minnesota Bird Watching experience.


Our birding Images and birding reports are provided by a partnership with Visit Brainerd and MN Bird Guide – Judd Brink who provides birding tours at multiple locations in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Visit their website at today to learn more.

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The Northland Arboretum
Located right in Brainerd the Arb is designated an important bird area by the Autobon Society and includes over 20 miles of trail. The arb also has scenic gardens, picnic areas and hosts many events and weddings.

Over 136 bird species frequent this IBA including 24 vireos and warbler species with over 53 likely breeding birds.

Over 136 bird species including 24 vireos and warbler species, and over 53 likely breeding birds frequent this beautiful IBA that includes a mosaic of grasslands and restored prairie, jack pine forest, wetlands, a stream, shrub bog and of special importance, a 200 acre jack pine savanna.

Northern harrier, Sandhill crane, Clay-colored sparrow, Vesper sparrow, Savannah sparrow, LeConte's sparrow, Red-shouldered hawk, and Black-billed cuckoo have also been spotted here.

New- The Arb. has recently reestablished a Bluebird trail with 20 new boxes.

Pillsbury State Forest - Location Map - Website
This 25,000 plus acre forest is located just east of Brainerd and includes hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails.

Crow Wing State Park - Location Map - Website - Bird Checklist
Located just south of Brainerd this park offers hikling trails and historic trails along the Mississippi River.

Cuyuna State Recreation Area - Location Map - Website - Bird Checklist

The Cuyuna State recreation area is just a short drive east of Brainerd and offers an excellent variety of outdoor activities including bird watching. Beautiful forest and some of Minnesota's youngest lakes.

Fitz Loven Park - Location Map

Located in Lakeshore MN just north of Brainerd this 80 acre park includes trails, picnic area, sledding hill, play area, and a beautiful trout stream with brook trout.

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