- Estimated Cost: $10
- Max Trip Size: 12 people
This popular trip returns after a one year hiatus. Experience the distinct call of a sandhill crane — once heard it will not be forgotten. Join us for a day trip to Crex Meadows, one of the premier wildlife viewing places in Wisconsin, located about 75 miles north of the Twin Cities. As always, Rover membership not required for day trips. Peak numbers of sandhill cranes and trumpeter and tundra swans are present this time of the year and the birds are migrating – we never know what we’ll see.
At 30,000 acres Crex is the largest state owned wildlife area in Wisconsin and is home to 270 species of birds and 600 species of plants. The rare sedge marsh and brush prairie habitats make the area a utopia for wildlife. The extensive road system offers excellent access and great vantage points for wildlife viewing. The trip coordinator has first-hand knowledge of the road system and the best wildlife viewing areas. There will also be an option to hike along the St. Croix river for a few miles during the middle of the day. Bring snacks, a bag lunch, binoculars, hiking boots, and water. We’ll stop for dinner on the way back. Meet at REI Roseville for carpooling at 5:30 a.m., returning 8:00 p.m. Max trip size: 12–15. Estimated cost: $10 for gas + dinner. Max trip size: 12-15 (reservation required).