Birding in Duluth

Birding in Duluth

Are you a birder? South Pier Inn is a wonderful place to begin your Northwoods bird watching experience! Just 45 minutes from the renowned Sax-Zim Bog, South Pier Inn is right in Canal Park, at the heart of Duluth’s Downtown Waterfront. Head up to Sax-Zim Bog to find the Great Grey Owls. Stopover in Superior to view Snowy Owls. Swing up north of Two Harbors to see some Spruce Grouse. Or just head up the North Shore of Lake Superior to experience birding along North America’s great inland sea. Want to stay closer to town? Keep an eye out for some Golden Eyes swimming right outside your window, or even a Bald Eagle landing on the harbor ice. Whatever you are looking for, Duluth is the gateway to some exceptional birding opportunities.

When your day is over, relax and unwind with a local pint at one of Duluth’s many breweries, and wrap your day up in front of a cozy fire in your private waterfront suite.

This winter, enjoy 15% off our standard rates when you use Promo code BIRDER at the time of reservation.Click here to make your reservations now!


Discount rates valid Sunday-Thursday through May 5, 2022. Excludes Panoramic Corner Suites. Not valid with any other offers or promotions. Reservation must be made online at (or through a link provided above) to redeem this offer.

Planning your Northern Minnesota birding excursion? Make the most of your visit:

  • Visit the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog website to plan your visit and find a list of local guides:
  • Download the “Telegram” mobile messenger app for live discussions about bird sightings. This low-bandwidth app is great in the sparse-reception of the Sax-Zim Bog area.
  • Drive an all-wheel-drive vehicle! Some of the best places for bird watching have limited road maintenance.
South Pier Inn Duluth Area Snowy Owl Take-Off South Pier Inn Sax Zim Bog Great Gray Owl South Pier Inn Pagami-Creek-Wildfire-Spruce-Grouse
Snowy Owl at Superior, WI. Great Grey Owl at Sax-Zim Bog. Spruce Grouse at Sand River.

All photos on this page (c) Rich Hoeg and used with permission.