D.D. Kennedy Environmental Area/County Park
A 106-acre preserve along the Balsam Branch that flows through central Polk County. A prairie restoration area features native grasses and wildflowers. The park includes a dam, millpond, and well-maintained trails. It provides a variety of habitat for a good mix of birds.
Directions: From St. Croix Falls travel east 8 miles on Hwy 8, turn south on Hwy 65 about 1.5 miles, turn east on 115th Avenue about 1.5 miles to the park. Watch for the small, brown signs.
Gazetteer: Page 71, B-5 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 40, B-4 (10th edition).
Amenities: Fishing from a bridge and handicap accessible pier, interpretive hiking trails, a picnic area w/grills, shelter, and restrooms.
Phone: 715/485-9294 (Polk County).
Web site: D.D. Kennedy Environmental Area
Signature species: Black-throated Green and Canada Warblers, Blue- headed Vireos, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Wilson’s Snipe and American Woodcock.