Froland Waterfowl Production Area Interpretive Trail

The trail winds around several wetlands through scenic restored prairie and oak savanna in west-central Minnesota. This trail harbors interpretive panels at the trail head and an observation platform overlooking a large wetland. The trail is wheelchair accessible from the parking area to the observation platform.

photo: Bench along the trail Type: Nature Trail
Length: 1.70 miles
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

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Directions

Location: Pope County, Minnesota approximately 1.5 miles south of the town of Starbuck
States: Minnesota
Counties: Pope
Latitude: 45.58114   Longitude: -95.53254

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.

Description

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 Glacial Ridge Development Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The trail was enhanced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase accessibility and viewing opportunities in 2010.



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Morris Wetland Management District is responsible for management of the trail along with several local volunteers who assist with maintenance and are responsible for keeping the trail mowed. Future plans for the trail include the installation of interpretive signs and the development of an interpretive brochure.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 1,190
Elevation High Point: 1,240
Year Designated: 2011

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Froland Photo

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Bruce Freske
Refuge Manager
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Morris Wetland Man
43875 230th Street
Morris , MN 56267
(320) 589-4961
bruce_freske@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Morris/

Information Contact:
Styron Bell
Wildlife Refuge Specialist
43875 230th Street
Morris , MN 56267
(320) 589-4971
Styron_bell@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Morris/

 

Photos

 Photo by Styron Bell.

Photo by Styron Bell.

 Photo by Styrone Bell.

Photo by Styrone Bell.

 

 Photo by Bruce Freske.

Photo by Bruce Freske.

 Photo by Bruce Freske.

Photo by Bruce Freske.

 

 Photo by Bruce Freske.

Photo by Bruce Freske.

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