Learn Why This Minnesota Town Is The New Self-Proclaimed 'Bald Eagle Capital Of America'
By Trent Jonas|Published November 22, 2023
Trent Jonas came to Minnesota to attend college - and never left. He's a Twin Cities-based writer with a BA in English and a MFA in creative writing, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and the proud father of two adult children. With more than a decade of freelance writing experience under his belt, Trent is often out exploring his favorite topics: Minnesota's woods, lakes, and trails. Rhubarb pie is his weakness, so discovering new diners is also a passion.
Historic Wabasha, Minnesota – the oldest town in the Land of 10,000 Lakes – sits on the Mississippi River, just south of its confluence with Wisconsin’s Chippewa River. Not only will you find about 2,500 friendly Minnesotans living in the town, you just may encounter some of the hundreds of bald eagles that over-winter or live year-round in the area. In fact, the town and its environs have so many avian residents that the Wabasha City Council recently proclaimed the community to be the “Bald Eagle Capital of America.”
Wabasha is a charming town in its own right – any time of year – but it’s definitely worthy of a road trip in the winter to see the eagles congregating along the open water. Start your day right with breakfast or lunch at the always-tasty Eagle Valley Cafe before heading out for your eagle adventure.
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