Nature - Birding, Wildflowers, & More in Warroad

Enjoy Mother Nature in Warroad


mnpinelogoWarroad is the perfect spot to see mother nature first hand and for birding enthusiasts to complete their birding checklists.  The Lake of the Woods shoreline is easily scanned from atop the observation tower or the drive up nature viewing area located on the north side of the Warroad Point Park. The Lake of the Woods area is home to almost 300 species of birds, including water species such as loons, Canadian geese, tundra swans, herons, white pelicans, piping plovers, terns and mallards. Just to the west of Warroad is the Roseau Bog, a birding “hotspot” featuring Wilson’s phalarope, sharp-tailed sparrow, gyrfalcon, northern hawk owl, snowy owl and winter finches.

Some of our area’s familiar bird friends include sparrows, robins, orioles, black-backed woodpeckers, vireos, juncos, red wing black birds, chickadees, and hummingbirds. Birds of prey can also be seen in the Warroad area and include the bald eagle, turkey vulture, and great gray and snowy owls.

Warroad serves as the northern most point for Minnesota’s first official birding trail called the Pine-to-Prairie Birding Trail. This trail offers unique bird watching opportunities along the 223 mile corridor traveling through state parks, wildlife refuges, wetlands and prairies before reaching its southern end in Fergus Falls. Over 270 different species of birds can be viewed along this trail.

For more details on the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, click here.

We hope that local birding enthusiasts will submit their sightings to add to this webpage by emailing [email protected].

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Wild Flowers

wildflower-2The rare and beautiful orchid called the Showy Lady Slipper can be seen in many magnificent colors along a segment of Hwy 11 between Greenbush and Baudette along the Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway.

Showy Lady Slippers are extremely hard to establish or transplant. It not only takes very unique soil conditions to originate the growing of a Showy Lady Slipper, but it also takes seven years of growth for the plant to mature, before it will bloom. The Minnesota DNR and DOT have been working together for several years to help preserve the settings that allow the particularly rare flowers of Minnesota to grow in a natural state along the grasslands adjacent to the highways. With less than 1 percent of the state’s original prairie land remaining, the majority of the original prairie lands are found between highway and railroad right-of-ways.


Annual Wildflower Route Celebration – Williams Garden Club

wildflower-3The City of Williams, located along the Wildflower Route, claims the title of “Orchid Capital of the Nation.” The immediate area surrounding Williams contains over 20 varieties of orchids, adding up to over 10 million flowers. The Williams Gardeners annually stake approximately 40 different wildflowers and provide detailed maps for enthusiasts looking for the unique flowers.

To increase public awareness of this unique area and its flowers, the Williams Gardeners Club annually hosts a Wildflower Route, this year the date is June 18, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williams. The speaker is Sue Olin, former Zippel Bay State Park manager. Please call Beverley Carlson at 218-783-6701 or Sandy Johnson 218-783-2805 with questions.

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Upcoming Events

July 2017

65th Annual Warroad High School Reunion & Banquet

July 3, 2017


Gigi Marvin Hockey Camp

July 5, 2017 / July 9, 2017

The Okee Dokee Brothers

July 9, 2017
Warroad Community Park

GRAMMY-Winning Folk & Roots Music for Families will be performing in Warroad!
Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids.  Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their GRAMMY Award Winning album Can You Canoe? and was the first in their Adventure Album Series.  Their trek along the Appalachian Trail was the subject of their follow up release, Through the Woods. Their latest album, Saddle Up is a joyous adventure through the American West. With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.


Gigi Marvin Hockey Camp

July 11, 2017 / July 15, 2017

18th Annual Streiff Sporting Goods’ Fishing Tournament

July 15, 2017
Lake of the Woods

Turcotte Stick Handling Camp

July 17, 2017 / July 20, 2017

7/17/2017-7/20/2017.$265. PeeWee/Bantam/Midget.

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm (4 days) 2 hours per day


Turcotte Stick Handling Camp

July 17, 2017 / July 20, 2017

7/17/2017-7/20/2017.$265. Mite/Squirt.

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm (4 days) 2 hours per day

Celebrity Golf Tournament

July 22, 2017

Click here for tickets.



Tournament Format: 18-hole, 4-Person Scramble + 1 Celebrity.

Event Limit: 144 Tickets

Each team will be assigned one Celebrity Golfer for a total of 5 golfers per team. Celebrities include current and past NHLers, Olympians or other well-known hockey dignitaries representing the Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders and much more!

Entry Fee: $250 per player

The fee includes an exclusive all-day experience of golfing with a well-known hockey celebrity for 18-holes of golf, a ticket to the VIP banquet following the tourney, and a high quality participant golf shirt.

Banquet tickets are included in the golf registration fee for players and celebrities only.

For more information, click here.

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