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The Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway is the perfect route for exceptional wildlife watching tours! Visit all of the tour offerings and make sure to take your camera--you will go home with photos of a memorable trip. The entire byway features six state forests, including: Lost River State Forest north of Roseau, Beltrami Island State Forest, near Roosevelt and Williams, Pine Island Sate Forest, near Birchdale, Red Lake State Forest, adjacent to Pine Island, and Koochiching State Forest. Other scenic areas are listed below.enjoy!

1. Located directly north of the Scenic Byway between Hallock and Lake Bronson is the lovely town of Lancaster. Here you'll find Golfing opportunities, camping, bird watching, and hiking along with the friendly folks of the area!

Lancaster City Park-(218) 762-4695 28 Units, electrical hookups, showers, flush toilets, dump station. 287 acres, playground, summer nature interpretation, picnicking, golf and skating, Groceries, snacks and restaurant right across the street. 8 miles of walking trails, biking and hiking. 7 miles of groomed intermediate cross country ski trails. Very scenic setting along the river and wooded areas. Snowmobiling and snowshoeing are favorite winter activities in Lancaster.

2. Lake Bronson State Park-The lovely park is home to prairie and aspen-oak forests. Watch for deer, sharp-tailed grouse, moose and sandhill cranes. Lake Bronson is filled by the South Branch of the Two Rivers forming a reservoir. Visitors can swim, fish, boat, camp, or head for the picnic grounds. Located 2 miles east of the town of Lake Bronson, the park access is on County Highway 28. The park is open Memorial Weekend through Labor Day: Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The rest of the year: Mon. & Tues. 8 a.m. - 4 pm.

3. Roseau River Wildlife Management Area 60,000 acres of natural bog and forest located 8 miles north of town. This area provides an excellent opportunity to spot wildlife in its marshes and pools. An excellent area for waterfowl migration and birds. For more information call: (218) 528-3670

4. Hayes Lake State Park: located 22 miles southeast of Roseau on County State Aid Highway 4. Summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The park closes at sunset during the winter. Hayes Lake State Park offers recreational and wilderness experiences. Camping areas have sites with electricity, picnic tables and fire rings. There are modern toilets and showers available. There is a picnic area complete with a shelter and restrooms, a playground, and a swimming beach. Water is available at the picnic area in the form of an old style hand pump well that is somewhat difficult to use. Hayes Lake also has a fishing pier for anglers.

5. Harbor Park, River Street NE. Harbor Park was dedicated to the community of Warroad on July 4, 2004, in memory of George C. Marvin, founder of Marvin Lumber and Cedar Co. The waterfront side of Harbor Park was docking home to many boats carrying local cargo, mail and passengers to the Northwest Angle and Kenora, Ontario, Canada. It's an ideal spot for bird watching fishing and relaxing near the water.

6. Blueberry Hill State Forest: From Williams take St. Hwy. 11 west 4 mi. Eight Drive in sites and one toilet. The Blueberry Hill State Forest offers visitor excellent blueberry picking in season and has a stocked trout stream just east of the forest off of Highway 11.

7. Zippel Bay State Park: The 3,000-acre park offers a swimming beach on Lake of the Woods, a marina in Zippel Bay and stone jetty providing access to Lake of the Woods and safe passage off the lake. Watch for sandhill cranes and piping plovers. The park offers drive-in campsites and a group camp. From west of Baudette, take Highway 172, 10 miles north to County Road 8. Go west on 8 for 6 miles to the park entrance. Memorial Day through Labor Day Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., all other times-Monday and Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. HC2, Box 25 Williams, MN 56686 (218) 783-6252.

8. Wilderness Drive Area: Located in the Beltrami Island State Forest Area this lovely wilderness drive offers visitors a look at pristine forests, an historic Civilian Conservation Corp site at Norris Camp, picnic areas and camping at the Faunce Campground and thousands of acres of public land for blueberry picking, cross country skiing, hiking, biking and ATV use. Historic interpretive signage is found throughout the forest. Call Lake of the Woods Tourism at 800-382-3474 for a free Wilderness Drive Map.

9. Rapid River Canoe and Kayak Route: The trail head is located south of Baudette, near Carp. The 33 mile route offers paddlers a true wild river experience. Class I and II Rapids are found on the Rapid River, which is a major tributary to the Rainy River. Call Lake of the Woods Tourism at 800-382-3474 for your free route map.

10. Clementson Rapids: The lovely Rapid River spills into the Rainy River at this historic rapids site. The rapids is located seven miles east of Baudette and there are two parking areas with trails to view the rapids.

11. Upper and Lower Long Sault Rapids and Franz Jevne State Park. Located north off of Highway 11, this very scenic State Park gives spectacular views of the Upper and Lower Long Sault Rapids on the Rainy River.

12. Manitou Rapids on the Rainy River offers spectacular views of the narrowest portion of the Rainy River. Easy to climb steps take you down to the water's edge where you can explore the ancient rock outcroppings that underlay the river at this point. The rapids proved a formidable passage for many a voyageur, as artifacts found along the shoreline attest. The wayside has a bathroom and large parking area for R.V.s. There is no camping available in the wayside.

13. The Loman Park has a public access to the Rainy River on the Black River; a playground, pit toilets, and a covered picnic canopy for reunions and other family gatherings. This very lovely park is located in the hamlet of Loman, where the world record silver sucker was landed.

14. The Grand Mound is the largest of the Laurel Mounds found along the Rainy River. The mound system was begun over 2,000 years ago as the Mid-Woodland people traveled along the river's system harvesting sturgeon in the spring and wild rice in the fall. Many wood warblers can be found in the forest canopy and sturgeon jump in the waters of the Rainy River in front of the Grand Mound.

15. Ranier Rapids are found near the lake head of Rainy Lake. This scenic spot is a wonderful fishing area as well.

16. Voyageur's National Park is a premier destination for wildlife watching with thousands of acres of forest and island studded lakes. Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, boating, fishing, water-skiing-every recreational activity anyone would want is offered in this unforgettably scenic spot. Contact any one of the three visitor's centers, or the park's headquarters: Rainy Lake Visitor Center (218) 286-5258, Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center (218) 875-2111, Ash River Visitor Center (218) 374-3221, or the Headquarters (218) 283-9821.