Big Bog State Recreation Area
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 31
Number of Sites with Electric: 26
Big Bog State Recreation Area has been called Minnesota's last true wilderness. This two-part recreation area includes a northern unit and a southern unit. The 500-square-mile peat bog, the largest in the lower 48 states, is located in the northern unit. A mile-long boardwalk, completed in 2005, enables visitors to get a first-hand look at the unique plant and animal life of this rare resource. The bog, which has long been a source of medicinal plants for the Ojibwe Indians, represented a barrier to European settlers who tried in vain to drain it. Today, many of the native plants, including yellow-eyed grass, bog rush and two kinds of sundews, are on Minnesota's endangered or threatened species list. From orchids to carnivorous plants to rare birds, visitors will see a mixture of fascinating and rare resources.
The southern unit includes a campground with 31 campsites (26 electric sites) winterized camper cabins, a sandy beach, picnic grounds, and great fishing.
The sites are located along the Tamarac River with a nice view of the river. They are also just a short distance from Upper Red Lake. Several mooring docks are available near the sites on the river.
All sites are within 100 yards of the Tamarac River.
RV Length Limit
Length is measured from front of tow vehicle to rear of vehicle being towed.
Handicapped Accessible Sites
These are electric sites.
5 Cabins located in Southern Unit
The cabins have electricity and are heated for use year-round with propane fire heaters. Rustic cabins with no indoor plumbing. Vault toilets next to the cabins are available for use year-round. Pets not allowed. More information on camper cabins.
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