Community & Trail Information
To request a Pine to Prairie Birding Trail Guide,
contact any of the communities listed below or fill out this online form:
Or download the Birding Guide as a 6.8 Mb pdf file here
Please email us here for a Visitor’s Guide. Include your name and address.
FERGUS FALLS Area Information
Fergus Falls, the southern most city on this birding trail, is located on I-94 in the West Central Lakes Area just 175 miles NW of Minneapolis. Fergus Falls is centered within deciduous woodlands, tall grass prairies, and lakes country. Eleven of the birding sites are within 20 miles of Fergus Falls.
Fergus Falls guests will also enjoy a strong performing arts community, a first class museum and The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center as well as biking, fishing, golfing and the full range of outdoor winter activities. Many festivals add more excitement including: Frostbite Festival, SummerFest, Lincoln Avenue Fine Arts Festival, Phelps Mill Festival and Tall Grass Festival.
For more information contact the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, 112 W. Washington Ave., City Hall, Fergus Falls, MN 56537, 1-800-726-8959, Fax 218-739-0149. E-mail: email@example.com or look us up at www.visitfergusfalls.com.
Best Western 800-293-2216 or 218-739-2211
Comfort Inn 218-736-5787
America’s Best Value Inn 218-739-3311
Jewel Motel 218-739-5430
Motel 7 218-736-2554
Super 8 Motel 218-739-3261
DeLagoon City Campground (information – no reservations taken) 218-739-3205
DETROIT LAKES Area Information
Detroit Lakes is located in a unique transition zone of three ecosystems along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. Tallgrass prairie, deciduous forests and conifer forests all converge within the Detroit Lakes area. These habitats offer more than 250 species of birds in Becker County, providing exceptional opportunities for the beginning to experienced birder.
Come celebrate the spring migration at the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds in May with field trips, workshops, special presentations and socials. Visitors to Detroit Lakes have a variety of activities to participate in, from fishing, golfing, biking, swimming, tubing, scuba diving, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, shopping, dining and live theatre performances. See You at the Lakes!
For more information contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce,
- America’s Best Value Inn 888-315-2378
- AmericInn Lodge & Suites 800-634-3444
- American Legion Campground 218-847-3759
- Best Western Plus Holland House 800-338-8547
- Budget Host Inn 800-888-2124
- Country Inn and Suites 800-456-4000
- Holiday Haven Motel 218-847-5605
- Best Western Premier The Lodge on Lake Detroit 800-761-8439
- Holiday Inn on the Lake 218-847-2121
- Pine to Palm Motel 218-847-5669
- Viking Resort Motel 218-841-1588
PELICAN RAPIDS Area Information
Pelican Rapids is located on Hwy. 59 between Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes on the western edge of Otter Tail County. Nestled in the heart of the county’s 1,048 lakes, it provides deciduous woodlands and prairie to the west. To the east is Maplewood State Park which provides deciduous woodlands, lakes, potholes and open fields. Seasonal recreation activities abound both in summer and winter.
For more information contact the Pelican Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, 25 N. Broadway, P.O. Box 206, Pelican Rapids, MN 56572-0206, 218-863-1221. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pelicanrapidschamber.com or Pelican Rapids City, P.O. Box 350, Pelican Rapids, MN 56572-0350. www.pelicanrapids.com
LODGING Our area provides many lodging opportunities including motels, bed & breakfasts, resorts and camping facilities. Please contact the Pelican Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce for help finding the best lodging to fit your needs.
THIEF RIVER FALLS Area Information
Thief River Falls is located midway along the Pine To Prairie Birding Trail. Bring your binoculars, your camera and your sense of wonder and adventure. Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in the state of Minnesota, is an incredible hotspot located within a short distance. The refuge provides a haven for as many as 280 species of birds.
You are apt to spy the Sedge Wren, the Mourning Warbler, Yellow Rail, or the Sandhill Crane, just to name a few. If you have any downtime from birding, Thief River Falls offers plenty to keep you occupied with a museum, 18 hole golf course, nearby casinos and a tour of the Arctic Cat plant where snowmobiles and ATVs are manufactured.
For more information contact the Thief River Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 Main Ave. N, Thief River Falls, Mn. 56701, 1-218-686-9785, E-mail: email@example.com or look us up at www.visittrf.com
America’s Best Value Inn & Suites 888-890-9568
AmericInn Lodge & Suites 218-681-4411
Best Western Inn 800-569-8123
C’mon Inn 800-950-8111
Cedar Lodge 218-681-6800
- GrandStay Hotel & Suites 855-455-7829
T-59 Motel 218-681-2720
Thief River Falls Tourist Park 218-681-2519
- Falls Stay n’ Play 218-681-7066
ROSEAU Area Information
Roseau, just 10 miles from Canada, provides a tremendous opportunity to enjoy wildlife and wildflower viewing at the numerous public parks, wildlife refuges and management areas, and forests all within a 20 minute drive. Other activities in Roseau include: Polaris Industries Experience Center and plant tours, Roseau County Museum, Pioneer Farm & Village, unique specialty stores and the Oak Crest Golf Course.
AmericInn Motel & RV Park 800-634-3444
North Country Inn 888-300-2196
Super 8 Motel 800-800-8000
- Roseau City Park Campground 218-463-1791
WARROAD Area Information
Located at the northernmost part of the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, Warroad is a true picture of beautiful northern wilderness. It neighbors the Beltrami Island State Forest and the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, the largest wildlife management area in Minnesota. Also enjoy fishing, golf, bike paths, camping, hiking, northern lights, casino gaming, indoor/outdoor pools and incredible photographic opportunities.
Arnesen’s Rocky Point Resort 800-535-7585 or 218-442-7215
Can-Am Motel 800-280-2626 or 218-386-3807
Morris Point Lake View Lodge 888-303-5085 or 218-634-2570
Patch Motel 800-288-2753 or 218-386-2723
Springsteel Resort 800-605-1001 or 218-386-1000
Super 8 Motel 800-800-8000 or 218-386-3723
Warroad Estates Marina 218-386-2200 or 218-386-0939
Zippel Bay Resort 800-222-2537 or 218-783-6235
Warroad City Park Campgrounds 218-386-1004
CROOKSTON Area Information
Crookston puts you in the center of it all, located at the crossroads of Highway 2 & 75, just a short distance from Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, where one of nature’s most dazzling displays take place each spring; the ritualistic mating dance of the Greater Prairie Chicken. ” The most dangerous dance on the prairie”. Blinds are available in the spring for viewing. Crookston is surrounded by six other wildlife areas and offers three great viewing sights right in town; Aunt Polly’s Slough, Oakdale Cemetery and the University of Minnesota Crookston Red River Valley Nature Area put you in the heart of the Tallgrass Aspen Prairie Parklands. We invite you to stay at one of our many comfortable hotels and enjoy delicious cuisine at our local restaurants. Explore all Crookston has to offer.
For more information contact the Crookston Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau, 107 West 2nd St., P O Box 115, Crookston, MN 56716. 1-800-809-5997. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.visitcrookston.com
AmericInn Lodge and Suites 218-281-7800 or 800-634-3444
Cobblestone Inn 218-470-1111 or 888-693-8262
Crookston Inn & Convention Center 218-281-5210
Golf Terrace Motel 218-281-2626
KITTSON COUNTY Area Information
Our county is located in the very northwest corner of Minnesota. Manitoba, Canada is our neighbor to the north, and Pembina County, North Dakota is our neighbor to the west. Kittson County is named after Canadian fur trader and railroad entrepreneur Norman Kittson. The population is 4,552. Skull Lake is Kittson County’s only natural lake. Lake Bronson, for which the city of Lake Bronson takes its name, is man-made. Its county seat is Hallock. The county has a total area of 1,103.51 square miles, of which 1,097.08 square miles (or 99.42%) is land and 6.43 square miles (or 0.58%) is water.
Kittson County is home to numerous bird species both common and rare, including: Sandhill Crane, Snow, Blue, & Canada Goose, migrating Swans, Marbled Godwit, several owl species, ruffed & sharptail grouse, Hungarian Partridge, Bald Eagle, Cormorant, many shore birds, and many upland species. Many public lands are within a short drive including Lake Bronson State Park, Aggasiz National Wildlife Refuge, and several DNR managed Wildlife management Areas. Other common wildlife include timber wolf, whitetail deer, black bear, moose, and beavers.
Hallock Lodging-Budget Host Caribou Inn 218-843-3702Gateway Motel 218-843-2032Valley Motel 218-843-2828
Karlstad Lodging-North Star Motor Inn 218-436-2494
- Hallock City Park 218-843-2737
Lake Bronson State Park 218-754-2200
MINNESOTA: For additional information on Minnesota’s recreational opportunities, contact:
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 1-888-646-6367 • www.dnr.state.mn.us
EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM 1-800-657-3700 • www.exploreminnesota.com