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Rieck's Lake Park

No trip along this stretch of the river during spring and fall migrations is complete without stopping at Rieck's Lake Park to get great looks at Tundra Swans during peak migration times in spring and fall. Volunteers welcome visitors at viewing platforms at the water’s edge. This is the best place along the Mississippi to see these magnificent birds, especially in the fall. In the spring, many species of ducks including Mallard, Black and Northern Pintails stop here along with species of teal, herons, bitterns and egrets. In the winter, look for Golden Eagles.

Directions: From Alma, travel two miles north on Hwy 35, then turn east into the park.

Gazetteer: Page 48, B-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 64, B-4 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/685-6234.

Signature Species: Tundra Swans, Broad-winged Hawk, Scarlet Tanager, and Bald Eagle.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Paved parking lot.

Nearest food & lodging: Alma.