How far north in Minnesota are you going? If you are going up towards Roseau, Lake Bronson, Halma, Greenbrush, or Lancaster in northwestern Minnesota, there is a new recreation opportunity that just opened July 14. The Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) now has a 29-mile wildlife drive that further opens the area to recreation use.
This new drive will be open from July 17-25 as well as weekends thereafter through August 22. This unique drive traverses wetland, woodland, brush land, and farmland habitat, allowing visitors many opportunities for wildlife viewing. Roseau River WMA is one of 45 viewing stops along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, another great recreation destination in northwestern Minnesota.
On this drive, visitors many encounter trumpeter swans, loons, white pelicans, sandhill cranes, great blue herons, eagles, Canada geese, a variety of ducks and other water birds, LeConte’s and Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrows, black bears, deer, beaver, otter, red fox, gray wolf, and moose among other animals.
Historically, the pools in this WMA have been spectacular northern pike hot spots. Often anglers can be seen fishing along the dike roads! When the roads are closed to motorists, people often bike or walk to their favorite fishing spot! Only during the waterfowl hunting season may motorboats with a 10 horsepower or less motor be used on any of the Roseau River WMA.
To access the entry point, it is recommended that you go in on the main dike road, one and three quarter miles south of the WMA headquarters on Roseau County Road 3. Us caution on WMA roads due to several factors. One is the speed limit on WMA roads of 20 mph. Another is the roads are often narrow, have soft shoulders, deep ditches and do have two way traffic. Inclement weather may also close the drive if the roadbed deteriorates. Furthermore, only highway licensed vehicles may use this wildlife drive!
Stop by the headquarters on County Road three for a list of birds, maps, fishing regulations and other information that can make your time in this WMA that much more rewarding. You can also contact them at 218-463-1130 for more information!
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Fishing regulations on Lake Mille Lacs eased July 15 until December 1
Youth deer hunt opportunity from the Minnesota Department of Nature Resources