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Birds and Bobbers in Little Falls, Minnesota!


Little Falls Minnesota is a great place to head up north for a little fishing or bird watching.  Being on the Mississippi River has its benefits.  114 species of fish make the northern Mississippi River home and the Mississippi Flyway brings over 325 species of birds through the region on their yearly round trip from Canada to Mexico and Central America.

Birds and Bobbers in Little Falls, Minnesota!

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Maple Island Park

For some Mississippi River shore fishing with nearby coffee houses and restaurants, try out Maple Island Park.  Well cared for with shade trees, pathways and benches, Maple Island Park is a little oasis of nature in the middle of Little Falls and is a popular fishing spot. You will also find a trail that will take you north of the park to the nearby dam where you can catch a nice selection of fish, including walleye, pike, musky, perch, crappie, sunfish and catfish. In the fall people travel from great distances for trophy size smallmouth bass. A wall mounter can be caught using a sucker minnow or spinner even soft plastics produce impressive size bass.
Birds and Bobbers in Little Falls, Minnesota!

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Mill Park

On the Mississippi, a boat isn’t always necessary for some great fishing.  Mill Park is a good example of where you can find some fun shore fishing.  And in particular, catfish are plentiful and a ton of fun to fish for.  During the day (or after a rain) a good place to find catfish is in pools or timber-strewn areas.  Look for spots out of the current.  At night, riffles and shallows are where you should be looking. And while you’re there you can check out the ruins of the mill the park is named for.
Birds and Bobbers in Little Falls, Minnesota!

Crane Meadows Wildlife Refuge

The Platte River Trail in the Crane Meadows Wildlife Refuge is a 3.5 mile looping trail with lookouts and birdhouses along the way.  The refuge has one of the largest nesting populations of greater sandhill cranes in Minnesota.  It also provides habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds,bald eagles, short-ear owls, great blue herons, and many more.  Trails in the refuge are open year round, ½ hour before sunset until ½ hour after sunset.
Birds and Bobbers in Little Falls, Minnesota!

Charles Lindbergh State Park

Waterfowl are abundant at the Charles Lindbergh State Park.  Watch for mallards, teals, wood ducks, mergansers and golden eyes.  There are also plenty of songbirds that migrate through the park and you will likely hear some cheerful songs as you hike.  The birding opportunities are really impressive and far too many to talk about all of the birds you might see within the park.  But luckily, there is a handy checklist that will help you know what to look for and keep track of which birds you found.
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606 1st Street SE
Little Falls, MN 56345