Canada Goose Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 392' 120 m
Descent: -263' -80 m
High: 1,944' 593 m
Low: 1,789' 545 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A trail with stunning views of the Des Lacs River (the river of lakes).”— Karen Ryberg
The trail offers visitors the opportunity to observe many different migratory bird species such as ducks, geese, swans, grebes, and shorebirds as they congregate during fall migration.
The trail is on an old roadbed on which grass has been allowed to grow and is open to running, bicycling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Drought during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s caused water availability to decline dramatically. In response, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge in 1935, one of many national wildlife refuges set aside during the 1930s and 1940s to help migratory birds and local wildlife.
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