University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
Observation dock at Cedar Bog LakeCedar Bog Lake boardwalkTeacher workshop, sweep-netting insects

Visiting Cedar Creek

Over its long history, Cedar Creek has become one of the world’s classic ecological research sites, and it remains first and foremost dedicated to research. We welcome the public to learn about Cedar Creek’s research and to experience the diverse natural habits of Cedar Creek through guided tours, special events, and the Fish Lake Nature Trail, located on the north end of Durant Street on the south side of Fish Lake.

Regular public access to Cedar Creek is limited to the Fish Lake Nature Trail due to the sensitive nature of the research underway at Cedar Creek.  Additional behind-the-scenes access to certain areas of Cedar Creek is available through guided tours arranged in advance or during special public events throughout the year, such as bird walks, open houses and other learning events. Information on public events, including description, date and time, is updated regularly. See links below for more information.

Go for a hike on the Fish Lake Nature Trail
Due to the large number of research projects housed onsite, the only part of Cedar Creek's property that is regularly open to the public is the Fish Lake Nature Trail. The nature trail is a wonderful place to walk, ski, birdwatch, geocache and more! Click here for more information about the trail. Access is limited to daylight hours and no dogs are allowed on the trail (leashed or unleashed). Please stay on the trail and respect the wildlife and research that are all around you!
Attend an upcoming workshop, class or open house

Throughout the year, we offer public programs that let you explore Cedar Creek and dive deep into important topics with experts in the field. Learn more about what's coming up on our Upcoming Events page or by following us on Facebook.

Workhops and Presentations for Special Interest Groups

Are you a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist or member of an environmentally-oriented or outdoorsy group? We would love to host your next chapter meeting or field trip! We are happy to provide short presentations, field tours, guided hikes and more on our property, or to speak to your group offsite on topics of particular interest. We have offered programs and tours to groups ranging from faith-based organizations to professional naturalist clubs and everything in between! Contact Kara Baldwin ( for information on fees and options, and to arrange your program.

Visit a nearby public natural area
There are many wonderful natural areas close by, several of which provide access to activities not possible at Cedar Creek (dog walking, motorized boats, etc). Learn more about these local gems by clicking here.

In May of 2005 Fish Lake was designated a Wildlife Lake by the Department of Natural Resources (Fish Lake Management Plan - DOW ID 02006500). Fish Lake is one of only a handful of lakes in Minnesota with this designation that also prohibits the use of any motorized watercraft (including electric motors) or recreational vehicle. For more information on what is allowable and prohibited on Fish Lake please visit the following links: