Lost River State Forest


Habitat: Conifer and deciduous forest, peat bog, river, willow and alder thickets, fields.


Features: State Forest bordering Manitoba which is known to be a reliable
location for viewing Great Gray Owls.


Best Times To Visit: March through December.


Birds To Look For: Spruce Grouse; Snowy, Northern Hawk, Great Gray and Northern Saw-whet Owls; Whip-poor-will; Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers; Yellow-bellied Flycatcher; Common Raven; Boreal Chickadee; Magnolia, Cape May, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers; White-winged Crossbill and other winter finches. Sprague’s Pipit has been recorded here also.


Notes For Birding The Area: The northernmost three miles of Hwy. 310, just before reaching the Canadian border, are the best. Access to areas off the highway are mainly by minimum maintenance roads, hiking forest trails and ditch grade trails. Some roads may be difficult to travel in winter.


Contact: Lost River State Forest, 1101 Lake St. NE, Warroad, MN 56763, 218-386-1304.