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Birding Dickinson County: Hotspots near Iron Mountain


(A) Cowboy Lake Park ★★

Cowboy Lake Park is a small county park highlighting a large water impoundment on the Menominee River. The protected preserve has many acres of wooded and marshland habitat. There is a canoe launch and a 15-mile trail for adventurous birders who want to explore the woods. The lake is a good place to look for ducks during the fall months, when Redheads and Lesser Scaups can commonly be seen.

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(B/C) Hydraulic and Kimberly Clark Falls ★

Hydraulic Falls Dam and Kimberly Clark Dam are both located on the Menominee River. Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, and Bald Eagles can regularly be seen near the dam during fall migration. Black Scoters also visit the dam area annually, but are harder to find.

(B) Hydraulic Falls Dam
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(C) Kimberly Clark Dam
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(D) Fumee Lake Natural Area ★★

A favorite place for birders searching for northern species, Fumee Lake Natural Area’s mixture of cedar swamp and northern hardwoods makes it a prime hotspot. The shores of Fumee Lake are the best place to look for Common Loons and Bald Eagles, which nest in the swamps nearby. There are also several warbler species nesting in the area.

Fumee Lake Natural Area is a popular destination for school field trips. A large number of outdoor recreation enthusiasts use the area's trails every year (non-motorized use only).

Website: fumeelakes.org | Map: Click here
Phone: (800) 236-2447
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(E) Norway Myr Wetland & Trail ★★

The Norway Myr Wetland area is a pleasant stop, featuring trails leading through swampland to several scenic overlooks. Common Yellowthroats, Indigo Buntings, and Green Herons are all possible sightings.

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(F) Gene’s Pond ★

Created for flood control in the 1980s, Gene’s Pond provides opportunities to see shorebirds and waterfowl. One of the park’s highlights is a small Great Blue Heron rookery. Double-crested Cormorants are another visitor. There are nature trails leading from the state forest campground through the woods, giving visitors a chance to see Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcocks, and various kinds of vireos.

Birders who bring a canoe or small boat with them will have the best chance at seeing wildlife. During the winter, thousands of deer seek shelter at Gene’s Pond, as the dense forest surrounding the area helps to shelter them from the cold.

Website: goo.gl/ELZjZd
Phone: (906) 875-6622
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