Songbird Slough Forest Preserve

The 390-acre Songbird Slough Forest Preserve in Itasca is one of the county's most popular destinations for birders and anglers alike.


About Songbird Slough Forest Preserve

Songbird Slough consists of natural and constructed wetlands, restored prairies and meadows, and Songbird Lake, whose southern 14 acres are remnants of a natural “slough,” a shallow lake formed thousands of years ago by the Wisconsin Glacier.

This urban retreat serves as a nesting spot for numerous grassland birds and songbirds, and is a great spot for wildlife viewing, especially during waterfowl migration season. Of the more than 200 kinds of birds recorded at the preserve, almost one third are on state lists: 13 endangered, two threatened, and 61 of special concern or in greatest need of conservation.
Songbird Slough has several picnic tables and grassy areas where you can spread a blanket.

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