Birds, Bogs & Logs

From Itineraries Minnesota Fall Issue 2006

This itinerary works best in the Spring, Summer and Fall.


12 – 1:00 pm
Start in Grand Rapids, Minnesota at the Sawmill Inn for lunch.

1 – 3:00 pm
Tour Forest History Center. Experience a live re-enactment of a turn-of-the-century logging camp.

3 – 4:00 pm
Head Southeast on US Highway 2 to Bemidji.

4 – 6:00 pm
Check into the AmericInn of Bemidji and freshen up for the evening.

6 – 10:00 pm
Dinner at a restaurant near your motel or ‘on your own’ choices downtown. Evening entertainment options including a Native American flute player or Hickory Wind Trio with live folk grass music.


8 – 9:15 am
Enjoy a hot breakfast at your hotel, then head for Big Bog State Recreation Area. Stop for a great photo opportunity with the famous giant duck in Blackduck.

9:15 – 10:30 am
Stroll the mile-long boardwalk into Big Bog for a first-hand look at the unique plant and bird life of this rare resource.

10:30 – 11:00 am
Enjoy picnic refreshments before boarding the coach for your return trip to Bemidji, or stop at West Wind Restaurant for coffee and snacks.

11 – 12:15 pm
Return to Bemidji.

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Head downtown for lunch at your choice of a variety of restaurants. Don’t forget to stop in at ‘Northern Flights’ Wild Bird Store for a great selection of wild bird foods, houses and a knowledgeable staff waiting to greet you.

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Visit the Headwaters Science Center’s ‘All About Raptors’ presentation.

3 – 5:00 pm
Check out the Bald Eagles and nest at Lake Bemidji State Park. Take a tour with the Park Naturalist to witness and learn about other birding opportunities.

5 – 6:30 pm
Dinner at Bemidji Town & Country Club near Lake Bemidji State Park, which overlooks Lake Bemidji.

6:30 pm
Return to the AmericInn.


8:30 am
Depart for Itasca State ParkHeadwaters of Mississippi River and Minnesota’s first State Park saving old growth pine trees.

For more information or to customize this tour for your group, contact your tour operator or the Bemidji CVB, 800-458-2223 ext 106.

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