With your help, we’ve protected 24,439 acres of Bog for future generations!

Yellow-bellied Bog


97 acres

Activities at this tract: 

Hiking/Snowshoeing Trail at south end of property, birding, photography, and naturalist activities. Winter feeders are maintained at this property along Peary Road near the hiking trailhead.

Species of Interest: 

Old growth Aspen and Maple forest transitioning to open Black Spruce Bog and dense old growth Black Spruce, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Canada Jay, Ruffed Grouse, Snowshoe Hare, Purple Fringed Orchid, Green Adder’s-mouth Orchid, Wood Frog, but we have just barely started exploring this large property!

If you do explore this property and have some interesting sightings email Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org with your report.

Check out the species documented on iNaturalist for this property here.


Roadside parking along Peary Road (Don’t pull over too far as it is easy to get stuck in winter)


Trailhead, loop intersection, and directional signage on hiking/snowshoeing trails; Property signage at corners of property.


Yellow-bellied Bog borders Peary Road for a half mile on the west side beginning at the intersection of Arkola/CR52 (south of Arkola/CR52).


Address- 9031 Peary Road, Cotton, MN

Trailhead- Roadside entry- 47.161389, -92.578537; Trailhead- 47.161417, -92.578764

From Cotton: head west from Cotton until you reach Peary Road. Head south on Peary Road for .5 mi. The trail head will start across the ditch to your left.

From Welcome Center: Head north on Owl Avenue until you reach Arkola Road. Head east on Arkola Road and head toward Cotton. About 1 mi east of Hwy 7 you will see Peary Road. Head south on Peary Road for .5 mi. The trail head will start across the ditch to your left.

Bog Namesake: 

This bog is named for Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, which reside in this bog during the summer months. This bog was purchased with help from a grant, as well as through donations to our Acres for Owls Land Fund. Thanks to all who have given to our land fund! This is YOUR bog! The new hiking/snowshoe trail runs through a unique stand of old growth Aspen and Maple, which is very different than you expect when you hear bog! The trail works its way out to stunted Black Spruce bog and then to mature Black Spruce forest; very unique!

Donor Notes: 

Thanks to all our very generous Bog Buddies who gave $1,000 or greater. Shown on the map below!