Dare to call these Deer Albino! Rare White Deer at Mille Lacs Lake Minnesota

Dare Deer Albino Rare White Deer Mille Lacs Lake Minnesota

Dare to call these Deer Albino! Rare White Deer at Mille Lacs Lake Minnesota

The rare white deer at Mille Lacs Lake are such beautiful and majestic creatures! Dare to call these Deer albino?  I say this because they are not albino! I’ve seen a few articles on line.  I wonder when someone sees a white animal hey automatically assume it is albino?  That includes me! However, these rare blue eyed beauties are actually an anomaly, because they have no red eyes here!

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I had lived in Isle, Minnesota for a few years on Mille Lacs Lake and frequently visited Father Hennepin Park for my daily walks with my dog. I look back and feel fortunate that I had so many opportunities to see and watch the rare white deer.

Protecting the Deer

Last I knew there were a total of 7 white deer living in and around the park. That number goes up and down each year. The white deer in the park are protected.  But sadly that doesn’t mean that when they roam out the park that some trophy hungry hunter won’t take them out. There has been a large movement with the state of and the area to protect these deer and fine anyone who does hunt them. (Side note, I have nothing against hunters in general)

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I have run into so many tourist while living in the area.  They've made special trips to Father Hennepin Park on Mille Lacs Lake just to get a glimpse of the white deer! Unfortunately, it has been said to be rare to see them even in the park and most people go home empty handed! The truth is it’s not so hard to find them if you know where to look and when! I spent hours and hours in the park on my morning or afternoon walks and started to see a trend of when to find them.

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Finding the Rare White Deer at Mille Lacs Lake

Whether you live in Minnesota or are planning to travel there, taking a trip to Mille Lacs Lake is worth your while! You can find the white deer in Father Hennepin Park by Isle, Minnesota. The best time of year to spot these beauty’s is at dusk in the fall when the weather starts to cool down. However, you can also see them throughout the year.   But they are harder to spot in winter against the snow.

I wouldn’t even begin to tell which trails to find them.  However, they do tend to be on the main road into the park at dusk. There is a trail along the lakes edge.   As you walk down to the lake, take the dirt trail to the left you may spot these lovelies in the early mornings!

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I wish you good luck on your quest to find the Rare White Deer at Mille Lacs Lake!

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  1. Reply

    Beautiful photos! I was up in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and there is an areas (fascinating story of how they came to be) also with white deer. We drove along one side of the fenced area (public normally can not normally go in) but, alas, didn’t see any.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 21, 2016
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      oh what a shame that you didn’t see any 🙁 I have actually heard of the white deer in New York and I think there is some is Seattle. But NY has the largest protected population. They are beautiful! Thanks for your comments!

  2. Reply

    Wow this looks so pure and pristine! I have never seen a white deer!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 21, 2016
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      Thank you Tina!

  3. Reply

    Interesting deer viewings. Sorry I missed them on my MN travels.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 21, 2016
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      Thank you Roy, Maybe next time 🙂

  4. Reply

    I never knew that there were white deer. They do look beautiful though. Would love to visit and spot one 🙂

  5. Reply

    oh wow. I have never seen an albino deer. i though it was a sheep at first. very interesting!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 21, 2016
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      Thank you! It’s actually not an albino since they have blue eyes..

  6. Reply

    Very interesting to read about the white deer!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 21, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you Subha!

  7. Reply

    I didn’t know that red eyes are a requirement of albinism! It’s exciting enough to see plain ol’ regular deer in the wild, but seeing white deer would be a whole nother level. Thanks for the helpful tips! Hopefully we’ll see some white deer too if we take a trip to Minnesota.

  8. Reply

    Hi DJT,

    Awesome snaps! I’d have thought albino too before getting the 411 on it being a white deer, which I never heard of. Nature rocks. So many beautiful new animals to learn about, to see, to enjoy in pristine settings. We have gazillion deer here in NJ. None white though 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 21, 2016
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      Thanks Ryan! I do love the outdoors! I think there are some white deer in Upstate New York but not exactly sure where!

  9. Reply

    Wow. Those deer are gorgeous! All white and with blue eyes. I hope that they don’t have the same problem as blue-eyed white cats. They tend to be deaf. It’s OK for a house cat but deafness for a deer in the wild could be a serious issue.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      Thanks Alice, Not really sure, I don’t think they are deaf, they do tend to run if you startle them 🙂

  10. Reply

    The deer looks sooooo beautiful. I hope to visit Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota one day to see the white deer for myself. I can’t believe that there are only 7 left. That breaks my heart.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      Thank you Roger, The population goes up and down, with cute little fawns born in spring. I think there is a small herd in Seattle somewhere and Upstate New York, but not sure if they are the same blue eyes or albino?

  11. Reply

    What a GORGEOUS creature! I would love to see this in person! With all the chaos in the world, it is nice to know there is still beauty! Great post!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you Nicky!

  12. Reply

    Wow, what a beauty! You’re making me homesick… I grew up in MN, and haven’t been back for 6 months. Growing up, there was a family of albino squirrels (yup. pink eyes). There were several generations, and were around for about 5 years. Loved your photos! 🙂

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      Thank you Ruthanne, I love white squirrels have seen a couple and last time was visiting saw a pure black squirrel so pretty! We’ll have to be home sick together 🙂 I visit a few times a year but still miss it!

  13. Reply

    What a beautiful animal! I would love to visit and have the chance to see one of these beauties! Thanks for sharing!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you Martha

    • Ivy
    • October 22, 2016
    Reply

    I read your post about the hikes and parks in Minnesota this morning and now this! I’ve never seen deer like this before- now I want to go even more!

    • Munchkin Treks
    • October 22, 2016
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    Wow! These deer look like they could be from a fairytale. When I saw the pictures, I was expecting to read that they were albinos. Your explanation as to why they are not was very helpful. I would love to see the rare white deer at Mille Lacs Lake sometime!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      Thank you Munchkin! they are so beautiful to me!

  14. Reply

    What stunning photos! How did you manage to get so close without scaring the deer off? It’s good to know that they are protected while they are in the park.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      Thank you Allison, I think they are used to so many people wandering around the park they are a little slower to scatter, but a zoom lenses helps too 🙂

  15. Reply

    What a beautiful creature! So lucky to have been able to capture him through your lens. God’s creatures amaze me. He looks beautiful and special.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you Janine

    • Doug
    • October 22, 2016
    Reply

    Ahh mystery solved. I wish there were more of these beauties around.
    On my visit to Kenora this summer on the north shore of Lake of the Woods, I was surprised to see so many deer wandering around the town. They enjoyed the locals gardens and desert was the flowers they pulled up out of the flower pots. Unfortunately they liked to chew the tops off of the young trees as well. They have become a curious animal and should be respected.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
      Reply

      HAHA,, Yes they do tend to chew the tops of plants off! Makes you kinda mad when you wait and wait for garden to flower and wake up in the morning and the deer ate the tops off 🙂 by the way love the north shore!

  16. Reply

    Quite frankly I had never seen a white deer until now. Great pics and a wonderful post. Very informative.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      Thank you Suchi!

  17. Reply

    They are beautiful! I’d never heard of white deer before.

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      Thank you Sarah!

    • Deni
    • October 22, 2016
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    Wow! What beautiful deer!! I grew up on an acreage just outside of the city, and we would have deer sleeping in the field next to our house. They would also come and eat the apples from our apple tree! It’s so amazing to watch them gallop along. The white deer here would be so amazing to see up close too. I hope that the population rebounds soon!!

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 22, 2016
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      me too! It is pretty amazing to watch the deer, Love to see them wandering around at night. Thanks Deni

  18. Reply

    So adorable an animal!
    I’m not one who’s that into animals but this one is truly remarkable, I’m gonna Google on it some more now!

    • Sheena
    • October 24, 2016
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    I’ve never seen or heard of an Albino deer! In Australia, we have albino kangaroos so why not?! The wonder of nature, lovely photos too by the way!

  19. I haven´t seen a deer like this one before. It´s so beautiful. It looks like a magical creature. Lovely photos ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

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  20. Reply

    What beautiful animals! I’m so glad they’re protected and actually, I’m against hunting so I hope the hunters get caught! Ree love30

  21. Reply

    Such gorgeous creatures, how can one have the heart to hunt them down!
    I too was ignorant that they are not of albino variety!

  22. Reply

    I am stumped never knew about white deer , i presumed them to be an albino as soon as i saw the picture

    • lex
    • October 30, 2016
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    Adorable animal. So cute it has to be well protected from extinction, you had fun I say, not everyone gets that lucky.

  23. Reply

    The white deer look so graceful and also vulnerable, I hope more steps are taken by the authorities to ensure the survival of these rare species.

    • Kris
    • November 9, 2016
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    I have never seen a white deer yet and Im not sure if there’s even one in our country. Lucky day to see these animals while you’re traveling. 🙂

  24. Reply

    So beautiful. I grew up in Illinois where we had tons of deer. But I’ve never seen or heard of albino deer. Amazing!

  25. Reply

    It looks like a mouse! Neat to see pictures, this is the only way I’ll ever be able to see it!

  26. Reply

    Wow.. that is just crazy… it looked like a cross between a deer and a rabbit, probably because most people are used to seeing white rabbits, but deer… just an oddity… but a great find and how spectacular is that… I guess they must have to live in the North… as they would stick out and be killed much quicker where there isn’t snow!

  27. Reply

    That white deer looks so serene.

  28. Reply

    Oh wow, what an amazing looking deer. I’ve never seen one like this before.

  29. Reply

    Oh my gosh I’ve never seen or head of these cuties! I hope they dont go extinct!

  30. Reply

    Wow! Beautiful! I can not grasp the idea of anyone ever wanting to hunt these gentle beauties.

  31. Reply

    Wow! I’ve never seen a white deer before–it looks gorgeous! I want to touch it :p

  32. Reply

    Such beautiful creatures

    • Darina
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    Never knew this animal existed, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing

  33. Reply

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful white deer! Ive never seen one like this, love to find gems like this.

  34. Reply

    Awww he looks so cute! I think this is the first time I see a white deer!

  35. Reply

    I think we’re so accustomed to calling anything devoid of pigmentation as albino. Interesting, wonder why they’re white?

  36. Reply

    That is so cool. I’ve never seen a white deer but I would love to. Beautiful photos.

  37. Reply

    Do they have to have red eyes in order to be considered albino? It sure does look like an albino deer to me!

  38. Reply

    Do they have to have red eyes in order to be considered albino? It sure does look like an albino deer to me.

    • TColeman
    • November 19, 2016
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    This albino deer is so neat! I would love to be able to see one of these up close and personal.

  39. Reply

    How cute and pretty are they!! That’s so cool that you were able to find them, when everyone else seems to have such trouble! I wish I could see them myself!

    • katrina gehman
    • November 20, 2016
    Reply

    those are awesome pictures. i’m from WI, and miss seeing all the animals.

    • Elizabeth O.
    • November 20, 2016
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    They are lovely animals and they’re really nice to observe because they’re so gentle and harmless! It’s nice that you got to spot this adorable creature!

    • aziel morte
    • November 20, 2016
    Reply

    I haven’t knew about this but so glad that you share this information with us

    • rain
    • November 20, 2016
    Reply

    oh my gosh! too adorable. i need to share this on my facebook page.

  40. Reply

    It’s so lovely to look at! It’s nice that you were able to take pictures up close! That’s quite an experience for sure!

  41. Reply

    Oh wow! I have never seen white deer. And blue eyes too? Amazing!
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  42. Reply

    Ok, this would be crazy to see. I go hunting all of the time, and if I saw one of these rare white deer through my rifle scope, there is no way I would be able to shoot it! Pretty amazing. Great pics.

  43. Reply

    I love watching deer, but never heard or seen this kind. Very pretty!

    • Kira
    • December 30, 2016
    Reply

    They are so beautiful! I would love if I could spot some at some point in my life!

    • Evija
    • December 30, 2016
    Reply

    Oh wow, these photos are amazing. I have never seen anything like that in my life!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • hannah
    • December 30, 2016
    Reply

    This is awesome. I’ve never seen these animals before

  44. Reply

    Oh wow such beautiful photos and what an absolut my stunning creature x

  45. Reply

    I haven’t seen a white deer before and this is the first time I’ve seen it in photos. It is such a beautiful creature. I do hope it does not get into the “endangered species” classification! We must all respect and protect wildlife in their natural habitat.

  46. Reply

    Wow your photos are amazing and you managed to take some really close shots. I’ve never seen one before, in fact I didn’t know they existed, thanks for sharing this 😉
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  47. Reply

    Oh my gosh, how beautiful. They look so majestic. We’ve got quite a bit of deer where we go hiking and I always love coming across them. They’re so adorable.

  48. Reply

    What a wonderful sighting that is! You managed to capture some great photos as well. Awesome!
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  49. Reply

    We have a good amount of deer in our area but I’ve never seen a white one. Very beautiful creature.

  50. Reply

    Wow what some beautiful deer, I bet they are amazing to see out in the wild just WOW
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  51. Reply

    What beautiful animals! I’d love to see them in the wild for myself!

    • Nikki
    • December 31, 2016
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    They are beautiful! We have a ton of regular old White Tailed deer around here, but I’ve never seen a white one. How neat that they’re not albino, I would have thought they were!

    • DogVills
    • January 1, 2017
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    Wow! It’s my first time to heard and saw a white deer! It’s beautiful and interesting, nice viewing.

  52. Reply

    Stunning photography! I have honestly never seen a deer that looked like that before. So beautiful and lovely to see in a natural habitat x
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  53. Reply

    That’s actually pretty cool! I’ve never seen a deer in person let alone a white deer! They must be extremely rare!

  54. Reply

    Wow! What a beautiful looking creature. I’ve never seen a deer like this before.
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  55. Reply

    You pictures are fab – what a gorgeous creature! x
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