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Best Minnesota Wildlife To See On A Itasca State Park Hike

March 11, 2023

Itasca State Park is one of the best vacation attractions and hikes in Minnesota. We’ve praised many things about this state park, but one thing that makes it great is the variety of wildlife you can see hiking through Itasca State Park. For those interested, we’ve compiled a list of wildlife you can see in Itasca State Park. Furthermore, the best place to stay and set out to Itasca State Park is with Little Norway Resort.


Loons are important to Minnesota and are a common sight near lakes. The loon has been the state bird of Minnesota since 1961. They are black and white with primarily black heads. They are about the size of a duck. Loons are mainly known for their yodeling-like cry.

Bald Eagles

These are easy to spot if you can find them. Bald Eagles are an incredible sight to see in motion. You are most likely to see a bald eagle over lakes soaring above. You’ll notice them by their iconic white head and their six-foot wingspan.

Black Bears

Be careful around these creatures, as black bears are big and strong. It might be hard to see them as they can be a rare sight. But you will know when you see them. They are black from head to toe and can grow up to seven feet tall. In addition, they can weigh more than 1,000 pounds. So you can see why you will want to keep your distance.

More Wildlife In Minnesota

Here’s a handy checklist of more Minnesota wildlife you might encounter on hikes in Itasca State Park.

  • American Toad
  • Wood Frog
  • Great Blue Herons
  • Wood Ducks
  • Red-Tailed Hawks
  • Deer
  • Beaver
  • Northern Flying Squirrel
  • Porcupine
  • River Otter
  • Timber Wolf
  • Raccoon
  • Blue-Spotted Salamanders
  • Black-Backed Woodpeckers
  • Common Snapping Turtle
  • Red-Bellied Snake
  • Barred Owl
  • Turkey Vulture
  • American White Pelican
  • Trumpeter Swan

Make It A Memorable Hike Though Itasca State Park

You’ll see some of the best Minnesota wildlife and have rewarding hikes in Itasca State Park. The best way to prepare for your Itasca State Park adventure is by starting at Little Norway Resort. Our cabins are within a few feet of Little Mantrap Lake and provide phenomenal views. To plan your stay at the Little Norway Resort today, check our availability online or call us at 218-732-5480.

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