I can tell you all the habitat types in Voyageurs National Park. Koochiching county supports a wide variety of owls. You can spot a great horned owl, snowy owl, barred owl, and great gray owl. Along with other special types of owls. They are on the edges of clearings. They roost in a tall tree and scan for anything they can ambush and eat.
Additionally there are many hawks that also hunt in the area. There are sharp shinned, broad-winged, red-tailed, rough-legged and northern hawk.
There are some songbirds that spend the winter there too. black-capped chickadees are the most common. Ruffed grouse are about the most common larger upland bird spending the winter here.
The snowshoe and cross-country ski trails offer easy access to the forests. you can spot any of these birds here. The Tilson Creek trail system offers a lot of opportunity along with the Black Bay ski trail system.
I spot a lot of White-Tail Deer on the trail between the Rainy Lake Visitor Center and Minnesota 11 East. The Rangers at the visitor Center spotted a wolf there too, exciting! and it was rare white timber wolf at that. The Black Bay ski trail comes across a beaver pond where some people have spotted a moose. but moose are very reclusive. People exploring the Rainy Lake Ice Road have seen a white-tail deer and a wolf pack crossing the ice.
If you’re looking to ditch the busy traffic, lengthy rollercoaster lines and expensive metropolis for your next family vacation, a trip to Rainy Lake just might be the answer you’ve been waiting for.
Although magic kingdoms and water parks can be fun, the sights, sounds and serenity that nature has to offer is hard to beat. Book a trip to Rainy Lake and experience the beauty of the interconnected water highways that make up Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota's only National Park! This is one vacation that the whole family will enjoy!
While there are endless ways to revel in the tranquility of Rainy Lake, we would like to share with you 5 tips that will guarantee a fun and memorable family vacation:
4. Watch for Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as Northern Lights are collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the Earth’s atmosphere. This creates bright dancing lights across the sky. This dazzling phenomenon is witnessed often by the locals and visitors of Rainy Lake.
5. Enjoy a Rainy Lake Tour - Join Voyageurs National Park staff as they guide you on a tour showcasing some of Rainy Lake’s greatest sights. Keep an eye out for active eagle nests and a large variety of other wildlife that reside on the shorelines of Rainy Lake. This is an exciting and educational opportunity that will guarantee a good time for everyone! Reserve your spot today!
We could go on and on about events and adventures that make Rainy Lake a great family destination, but we encourage you to come and experience it for yourself!
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