Located along the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge State Scenic Byway, this 1-mile loop trail provides spectacular vistas of the Refuge's wildflowers, Lower Des Lacs Lake, and nearby wetlands.
Designated in 2005
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Munch's Coulee Hiking Trail is located approximately 5.5 miles south of Kenmare on the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge Auto tour route. The mile-long trail includes a quarter mile that is level, hard-surfaced and easily accessible for wheelchair users. The rest of the trail is grassed and is steep in places, but provides a spectacular view of the valley, marshes, and wildlife area.
The bottom portion of the trail is in the draw where excellent bird watching opportunities abound. There is a small pool of water within comfortable viewing distance from the first bench. Turtles and duck broods can regularly be found in the spring. The trail then climbs up the side of the draw to the upland prairie.
The upland portion is one of the best places on the refuge to view native wildflowers as well as upland birds. The upland portion of the trail as it returns to the parking area allows visitors a spectacular view of the lake and marsh.
Munch's Coulee is an excellent area to work with school groups as it is located on a road easily navigated by buses, has ample parking, and includes most of the habitats found on the refuge within the area.