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Sax Zim Bog Photography Guided Tours

Starts at $100


Guided Photography in Sax-Zim Bog, MN

What is Sax-Zim Bog?

Sax-Zim Bog is a 1,200-acre peatland bog located in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. It is one of the largest and most intact bogs in the United States, and is home to a wide variety of birds, animals, and plant life.

What will you learn?

Guided photography tours in Sax Zim Bog, MN. Get the chance to photograph in one of Minnesota's most beautiful natural areas. On this guided photography tour, we will be on the hunt for owls, song birds, and a variety of mammals. We spend time driving around the large expanse of roads searching for wildlife. There are also many trails and boardwalks we can access if they are open as well.

What you might see: 



Connecticut Warbler

Great Gray Owls

Golden-winged Warbler

Rough-legged Hawks

Mourning Warbler

Northern Hawk Owl

Pine Warbler

Barred Owl

Great Gray Owl

Black-backed Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker

Canada Jay

Boreal Chickadee

Black-billed Magpie

Canada Jay

Northern Shrike

Black-billed Magpie

Pine Grosbeaks

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Evening Grosbeaks




Snow Buntings

Boreal and Black-Capped Chickadee

Ruffed Grouse

Red Crossbills


White-throated Sparrows

Northern Goshawk


Snowy Owl

Pine Marten

Boreal Chickadee





Snowshoe Hare

Pine Marten



Cost Per Person

Group Cost Per Person

5 Hours Guide

$100 First Person, $25 for each additional person up to 5 people.

Groups of 6 or more, $90 per person. Max of 10 people, van will be rented for the trip.

Full Day Guide

$175 First Person, $25 for each additional person up to 5 people.

Groups of 6 or more: $120 per person. Max of 10 people, van will be rented for trip.

2 Day Guide

$350 first person, $50 per each additional person

Groups of 6 or more: $200 per person Max of 10 people, van will be rented for the trip.

What to bring?

  • Camera and long lens

  • Extra batteries

  • Memory card

  • Tripod

  • Snacks

  • Water

  • Warm outdoor gear in winter (preferably not bright colors)

Expenses not included in tour:

  • Meals

  • Transportation to or from the bog.

  • Lodging

  • Any other expenses not attributed to the guide.

Things to Know

  • There is not a guarantee that we will see any wildlife. These are wild animals and I will do my best to find them for you but it is never a guarantee they will be out and about for us to see.

  • Most of this is a driving tour. You must be able to sit in a vehicle for long periods of time. Bathrooms are located on far parts of the bog or are porta-potties.

  • Snacks are important to bring. If we get a good day and are seeing lots of wildlife we may not be stopping for lunch which is about 15-20 min from the main part of the bog.

  • Some trails are not accessible in the winter months.

  • We start early and sometimes end late. If you booked a full day guide, prepare to be there just before sunrise and not leave until after sunset.

  • I am not a trained naturalist, but I have been to Sax Zim Bog for many years and know the spots wildlife are commonly seen.

Cancellation policy

Tours can be canceled up to 10 days in advance for a full refund. Tours canceled within 10 days will not be refunded. If I have to cancel for any reason except weather, you will receive a full refund. There will only be 50% refunded if I need to cancel due to weather. There is no refund if we do not see the wildlife you want to see. As stated above, there is no guarantee we will see anything.

Contact us

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