Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area Bird Trail

  • Habitat

    Lake and marsh, deciduous woods, alder thickets, fields.

  • Features

    This large wildlife area, managed by the Minnesota DNR, contains a large shallow lake as well as several thousand acres of upland forested ridges. All told, the unit is 55,000 acres in size and provides habitat for 232 different bird species. A small elk herd can be sighted in the vicinity.

  • Best Times to Visit
    April through October.
  • Birds to Look For

    Five species of grebes, American Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, waterfowl including Canvasback and Ruddy Duck, Franklin’s Gull, Sandhill Crane, warblers and grassland sparrows.

  • Area Notes

    Follow the road along the south end of the lake. There is a “wildlife viewing mound” along this road. The area is noted for providing nesting and migratory habitat for many waterfowl species. There is a handicapped accessible wildlife observation mound located east of the headquarters and spectacular views of the lake can be had from the mound. Look for shorebirds by the thousands during August.

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