Sorlie Bridge to Louis Murray Bridge
Confluence of the Red River & Red Lake River, Sorlie Bridge in background
Parking is available on the south side of DeMers Ave near the Sorlie Bridge (see on Map). A multi-use trail runs southward along the Red River, and then follows the Red Lake River to the Murray Bridge. Griggs Park and LaFave Park provide alternatives areas to park, and an alternative multi-use trail runs through these parks.
The main feature in this segment is the confluence of the Red and Red Lake Rivers, for which the cities are named. This area is very open with limited habitat and thus will not attract a wide variety of birds. Some of it is barren, the kind of habitat that is attractive to Killdeer. As with similar areas on the ND side, watch for aerial species and, at water’s edge,
Red Lake River Dam
The few cottonwoods attract Red-headed Woodpecker and provide perches for hawks and eagles. Cliff Swallows nest under the Point Bridge. The area below the dam on the Red Lake River remains open throughout the winter and a Canada Goose, possibly flightless, once spent the winter here. A pair of Merlins recently nested in a spruce tree in Griggs Park.
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