Big Bog State Recreation Area

In the area

From Explore MN Tourism

Recreation Facilities


Picnic Area

Located at the beach on Upper Red Lake

Picnic tables and fire rings available.

Picnic Shelter

2 Shelters - Enclosed

Shelters are wheelchair accessible. One shelter is located in picnic area on Upper Red Lake just a few hundred yards from the campground. The other shelter is in the Northern Unit near the Big Bog Boardwalk.




Warming House

Located in Visitor Center and Trail Center

Water Facilities

Water Source

Lake and River

Tamarac River and Upper Red Lake


Upper Red Lake

Fishing is excellent year-round, but especially good in the spring. Walleye and trophy northern pike are plentiful on Upper Red Lake and the Tamarac River. Shorefishing for panfish is also available at Ludlow Pond in the North Unit. A new fish cleaning house has been built. The fish cleaning house is handicapped accessible.

Swimming Beach

Within the park

Sandy, shallow beach is located west of the campground on Upper Red Lake. Ideal for children.

Boat Access

Drive-in access

Located in the campground on the Tamarac River.

Boat Docks

7 docks located in campground area

Docks are on the Tamarac River.

Canoe Access

7 access points

Located on the Tamarac River. Great canoeing on the Tamarac River. Lots of wildlife can bee seen along the river.