Wildlife at State Forest
The State Forest State Park provides a home for a great number and variety of wildlife, providing the perfect place for wildlife watching and wildlife photography. Among the larger animals are moose, bighorn sheep, black bear, mule deer and elk. Smaller mammals include the snowshoe hare, coyote, bobcat, beaver, weasel, marten, fox, marmot, and porcupine. Common birds include Blue Grouse, Ptarmigan, waterfowl, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Steller’s Jay, Gray Jay, Chickadee and the Rosy Finch. Fish species include brook trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and arctic grayling.
The State Forest State Park offers many opportunities to spot wildlife, from the three nature trails to the moose viewing deck overlooking the Canadian River accessed off County Road 41. Check out the watchable wildlife kiosk at North Michigan Reservoir. To learn all about moose and other wildlife in the area, stop in to see the interactive displays available at the Moose Visitor Center near the town of Gould on Highway 14.