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Marietta, Minnesota: Salt Lake...of Minnesota!

Minnesota's only alkaline lake attracts brine-loving birds, and birdwatchers who use the viewing platform.

111th Ave., Marietta, MN
Take County Rd 7 south out of Marietta. Make a right at 210th St/CR 7, and then a left once you get to the lake. On your left hand side you will find a parking lot with info signage and a viewing deck.
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Salt Lake...of Minnesota!

Surrounded by native prairie brimming with wild flowers. If you walk past the boardwalk, there is a small beach down by the water. Lots of wildlife to watch. A hidden Minnesota gem!

[LamFam, 07/11/2016]

Viewing deck for the Salt Lake.

Salt Lake... of Minnesota!

Outside of tiny Marietta on the western plains of MN is Salt Lake, the only alkaline lake in the state. This briny body of water attracts all sorts of birds not native to the area and is a birdwatching mecca. Alkaline soils run off into the lake, which has no inlet or outlet, leaving it a legitimate salt lake. There is an informational sign and a nice viewing platform area. I also took a small trail down to the shore and tasted it. Yep, just like the ocean!

[BS Meyer, 06/11/2012]
Salt Lake

Salt Lake is a small, perhaps 20 acre prairie lake on the border of Minnesota and South Dakota. It is the only salty body of water between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It is a popular birdwatching area as scores of species of birds, particularly shore birds stop over on their annual migration routes across the midwest. This is in a wildlife management area with an information kiosk at parking area. No amenities, phone, address for information.

[Tom Watson, 01/14/2005]

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