I first visited Minnesota in February 2017 for a weekend, and was successful in my quest to see a Canada Lynx.
The forest around Grand Marais is probably the best place to look for Lynxes in the USA outside of Alaska. They are still, however, far from easy to see.
I focused my efforts on a deer carcass in the forest between Grand Marais and the Gunflint Lodge, and lucked out seeing a Lynx, on two separate occasions, feeding at dusk one evening, and at 8 a.m. a couple of days later. The only other mammals that weekend were many Red Squirrels at the Gunflint Lodge and a probable Northern Short-tailed Shrew in the forest.
Late February is Lynx breeding season and one of the best times to look for them. Fishers were reported also feeding on the carcass a couple of weeks after I was there. Thanks to David Johnson and Chris Townend (Wisebirding) for their help.
Minnesota to Wyoming, 2022: Janco van Gelderen, 2 weeks & 21 species including American Marten, Lynx and Mountain Lion.
Lynx weekend, March 2022: Charles Foley, 2 days & 7 species including several Lynxes, a Southern Red-backed Vole and a Northern Flying Squirrel.
Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, 2020: Wildlifeship’s short report of a trip to the sanctuary to get up close with Black Bears.
Gunflint Trail, 2020: Chris Daniels, 2 days with a Lynx (making a kill!)
Minnesota, 2020: Wise Birding, 10 days & 10 species Canada Lynx.
Minnesota, 2018: Wise Birding, 10 days & 11 species including 8! Canada Lynx sightings, American Marten, Ermine and Northern Flying Squirrel.
Minnesota, 2017: Jon Hall, 3 nights & 3 species including a Canada Lynx.
Minnesota, 2015: Cheryl Antonucci, 1 week & 6 species including Ermine (Stoat) and Pine Marten.
Please email me if you have tips for mammal watching in this area.