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Wildlife Drive to open July 16 at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

Roseau River WMA, managed by the DNR and located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, is part of the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail.

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A sign greets visitors to Roseau River Wildlife Management Area in northwest Minnesota on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. The WMA's Wildlife Drive is set to open from July 16 through July 24, 2022, and then on weekends through Aug. 7, the DNR announced Monday, June 27, 2022.
Brad Dokken / Grand Forks Herald
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ROSEAU, Minn. – The 27-mile Wildlife Drive within the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area in northwest Minnesota will be open from Saturday, July 16, through Sunday, July 24, and on weekends thereafter through Sunday, Aug. 7, the Department of Natural Resources reported this week.

The drive’s self-guided tour traverses wetland, woodland, brushland, grassland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity for wildlife viewing.

Roseau River WMA, managed by the DNR and located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, is part of the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. This trail consists of 45 sites spanning a 223-mile corridor in the northwestern part of the state. These sites offer some of the most spectacular birding in the state, along with scenic beauty and friendly communities.

Approximately 149 bird species breed within the Roseau River WMA. Yellow rails and horned grebes are a few of the rare breeding species found within the area’s vast wetlands. Along the drive, visitors may also encounter trumpeter swans, loons, white pelicans, sandhill cranes, great blue herons, eagles, a variety of ducks and other water birds, sedge wrens, yellow warblers, Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrows, black bears, deer, beaver, otter, mink, red fox, wolf and the occasional moose.

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Aside from excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, the WMA’s “pools” offer year-round northern pike fishing opportunities. Visitors typically fish along the dike roads or near the water control structures. When the dike roads are closed to motorists, visitors can bike to Pool 1 West or Pool 2 from the parking areas. During the waterfowl hunting season only, motorboats of 10 horsepower or less may be used on Roseau River WMA pools.

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The Wildlife Drive can be easily accessed from the main dike road, which is about 2 miles south of the WMA headquarters on Roseau County Road 3. Only motor vehicles licensed for use on public highways are legally permitted to operate on this road. Motorists are urged to use caution due to narrow roads, soft shoulders, deep ditches and two-way traffic. The Wildlife Drive may temporarily close as a result of inclement weather or road construction, so please call before venturing out.

For current road conditions, a bird list, maps, fishing regulations and additional information, call (218) 452-7610, email at roseauriver.wildlife@state.mn.us, or stop by the Roseau River WMA office, 27952 400th St., Roseau, Minnesota 56751. Maps are available in a brochure case on the outside of the wildlife office. Online maps and more information about the Roseau River WMA are available on the DNR website at mndnr.gov.

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