Trails are groomed and tracked for winter recreation and provide great summer hiking opportunities. There are picnic sites and diverse trees and wildlife, including dense stands of black spruce, bogs and hills of aspen and birch. Latrine available on-site. Wildlife viewing possibilities include moose, fox, beaver, bald eagles and great gray owls. Two parking areas offer easy access. A canoe carry-down is available. An 11-mile (17.7-kilometer) trail meanders through beautiful northwoods country with black spruce bogs and hills of aspen and birch. The picnic area, with table and fire grate, overlooks Bird Lake. Maps along trail.
Take County Highway 110 to the parking lot at the east edge of Hoyt Lakes. Ski or hike to Bird Lake—about 5 miles. The Bird Lake Recreation Area is located of Hoyt Lakes. Two parking lots offer easy access from Hoyt Lakes.
Laurentian Ranger District
318 Forestry Road
Aurora, Minnesota 55705