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Virginia, Minnesota: World's Largest Floating Loon Team Field Report

Olcott Park

N. 9th Ave. W., Virginia, MN
Take first Virginia exit off US Hwy 53, come into town, Mesabi Community College on right, Silver Lake and Olcott Park parking lot for viewing loon on left.
Unfrozen season. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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World's Largest Floating Loon

In warmer months, a huge loon floats in Silver Lake. We're not hallucinating. Much. Report... [12/23/2008]

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World's Largest Floating Loon.

World's Largest Floating Loon

It is a huge loon, but since it's in the middle of the lake the size is deceptive. Photographs don't capture its enormity. If you can be lucky enough to catch a pic with a boat or duck near the loon, your photos might be better than ours. We visited on a rainy day and the stalwart loon was still going strong.

[Deb Miller Marschke, 08/19/2017]
World's Largest Floating Loon

The loon leads the parade every summer, and is on display at the park before it is put into the water for the season.

[N, 06/20/2015]
World's Largest Floating Loon

Beware - they put the loon away in the city garage after July 4th. It may be possible to see it, but garage is closed on weekends.

[Jennifer Hansen, 08/08/2010]
World's Largest Loon

In Virginia, Minnesota, there is the world's largest loon, it's a fiberglass one that floats in Silver Lake in the middle of town. Also, not mentioned is the Hockey Hall of Fame, in Eveleth, and Gilbert, which was in the Guiness World Book of Records for their bar/citizen ratio. Just a few fun facts about the iron range...

[Summar, 06/27/1997]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Sawed-Off Sawyer SculptureSawed-Off Sawyer Sculpture, Virginia, MN - < 1 mi.
Big Uncle SamBig Uncle Sam, Virginia, MN - 1 mi.
World's Largest Free-Standing Hockey StickWorld's Largest Free-Standing Hockey Stick, Eveleth, MN - 4 mi.
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Bi-Plane in Theater Wall, Cloquet, MN - 55 mi.

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