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Bug Creek Trail


Bug Creek Trail is part of the Pat Zakovek Waterfowl Impoundment, an 80-acre flooded area created by a dam in 1991 to increase waterfowl nesting habitat and resting areas during migration.  This 2 mile trail is a short, unmaintained hiking trail.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Orr, MN
Water: Boil or filter your water.
Restroom: None available.
Operated By: 1854 Treaty Authority, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, MN DNR and St. Louis County
Information Center: LaCroix Ranger District, 218-666-0020

General Information


Bug Creek Trail is located 17 miles northeast of Orr, MN.

  • From Orr, go north on U.S. Hwy 53 to Cusson (4 miles).
  • Turn right onto St. Louis County 180.
  • At Elephant Lake (10.6 miles), County 180 becomes Forest Road 203.
  • From Elephant Lake, continue on Forest Road 203 for 3.4 miles to the trailhead. 


Parking area is located on the right side of Forest Road 203.



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Day Hiking

It’s a ten minute walk from the parking area to the overlook where mallards, teal, scaup, ring-necked and wood ducks are common. The trail is currently only maintained from the first half to the dam and overlook, after that the trail is a bit rugged and not maintained.