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Froland Waterfowl Production Area Interpretive Trail

Location Pope County, Minnesota approximately 1.5 miles south of the town of Starbuck
State(s) Minnesota
Counties Pope
Type Nature Trail
Length 1.70 Miles / 2.74 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Bench along the trail
Bench along the trail

Froland Waterfowl Production Area Interpretive Trail winds around several wetlands through scenic restored prairie and oak savanna in west-central Minnesota. The trail was designed to expose users to a variety of native habitat types including prairie pothole wetlands, restored tall grass prairie uplands and oak savanna. This recently enhanced trail harbors a new parking lot and new interpretive panels at the trail head, a new observation platform and spotting scope overlooking a large wetland and new benches for rest and relaxation along the way.

The trail is handicap accessible from the parking area to the observation platform, while the remainder is mowed single track. This trail provides access to a large portion of Froland Waterfowl Production Area and features excellent bird watching opportunities, nature observation, hunting, and a place to just stretch out your legs and get some exercise.

Right across the street is a 5 mile long hiking and biking trail that leads from the town of Starbuck to Glacial Lakes State Park. The town of Starbuck is located on the west shore of Lake Minnewaska which provides lodging and recreation of all types including boating, skiing, fishing and other water sports. Glacial Lakes State Park offers plenty of camping sites along with additional hiking and cross country ski trails and other recreational opportunities. The original 1-mile long hiking trail was constructed in 1971 in cooperation with the Glac (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available


From Starbuck, Minnesota take MN 29 south approximately 1.5 miles to trail head and parking area located on the west side of MN 29.


Additional Information

Width: 36 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock

Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 5%

Elevation Low Point: 1190

Elevation High Point: 1240

Year Designated: 2011

Date Last Updated: 01/06/2012


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Bruce Freske
Refuge Manager
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Morris Wetland Man
43875 230th Street
Morris , MN 56267
(320) 589-4961

Information Contact:
Styron Bell
Wildlife Refuge Specialist
43875 230th Street
Morris , MN 56267
(320) 589-4971


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Froland Photo Document View/Download



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