Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows SWA, Grantsburg, WI

Tue, Oct 22 , 2019
4:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area
102 E Crex Ave,
Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840

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Since historic times, Greater Sandhill Cranes have congregated by the thousands every autumn in the marshes and ponds now called Crex Meadows, located on the north side of Grantsburg, WI. People likewise gather to witness the sight of seemingly never ending strands and haunting sounds as the birds seek and settle into shelter for the night. Perhaps this is your year to experience anew or again this enduring ritual.

Meet at 4 PM at the Visitors Center (VC) at Crex Meadow State Wildlife Area in Grantsburg WI. We will talk briefly about the cranes, Crex, and carpooling and leave from the VC about 4:30 returning about 8:15 to the same parking lot. The VC closes at 4:30 PM.

There might be a group carpooling from the Twin Cities about noon; check with Louise in early September if you are interested in that.

Directions to Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area, 102 E Crex Ave, Grantsburg, Wisconsin 54840

Take I-35 North to the Rock Creek/Grantsburg Exit (Highway 70), approximately 34 miles from Forest Lake.  Take exit and turn right (EAST) on Highway 70.  Follow for 15 miles (into Wisconsin) to the stop light in Grantsburg.  Turn left (NORTH) onto Pine Street.  Follow the goose signs through town to the VC, located on the NE corner of the junction of County Rd “D” and  County Road “F”.  It is 52 miles from Forest Lake to the VC.  Meet at 4 PM in the VC parking lot to form carpools and then go to view hundreds and probably thousands of Greater Sandhill Cranes.


Register with Louise Eidsmoe  651 231 0453


Easy. We stay close to the cars so as not to spook the cranes.

Special Instructions

Dress for cooling temperatures during the evening. Bring spotting scope if you have one, sunscreen, bug spray, and a brimmed hat. We will carpool from the Visitors Center.


Louise Eidsmoe   651 231 0453

Chase Davies        651 633 1663