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 on the Cedar Creek homepage. See links below (in gold boxes) for more information.

To schedule a tour of our internal natural areas and the research sites or to receive our quarterly newsletter, please contact Caitlin Barale Potter at 612-301-2602 or

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: