Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District

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Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District

Minnesota

(952) 854-5900

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Overview

The Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District (WMD) is a fourteen-county district located in east central Minnesota. It includes portions of the Minnesota, Cannon, and Mississippi river watersheds and has 18 Waterfowl Production Areas open to the public.

Pre-settlement habitats included prairie pothole, native prairie, oak savannah, and big woods. Currently, the prevalent land use in the district is agriculture and urban development around the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. As the population of the Metropolitan area increases, many historic farms are being converted to suburban homes, hobby farms, and recreational areas.

The Service works to protect the area's natural landscape through private lands habitat restorations, acquisition of waterfowl production areas (WPAs), and management of FmHA conservation easements. Since 1990, the Service has acquired 4,200 acres of WPAs and approximately 1,981 easement acres. Private land restoration projects total 5,854 acres of wetland in 1,230 basins and 2,637 acres of native prairie on 138 sites.

The major breeding species of waterfowl in the district are mallards, blue-winged teal, and wood ducks. Breeding by redheads, ruddy ducks, canvasbacks, hooded mergansers, and gadwalls has also been confirmed.

Map of Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District

Latitude, Longitude: 44.860858, -93.217363

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Waterfowl production areas are open to public fishing. Anglers must follow state regulations.

  • Hunting

    Waterfowl production areas are open to hunting pursuant to state regulations unless otherwise posted.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The public may use waterfowl production areas to observe and photograph wildlife. All activity is self-guided. The public should take precaution during hunting season and wear blaze orange.

Seasonality/Weather

Although most WPAs are open year-round, they are most interesting to visit during the spring and fall waterfowl migrations.

Directions

Driving

The district office is co-located with the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Office and Visitor Center, off of 34th Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota, across the street from the Minneapolis/St.Paul Airport Hilton Hotel. From I-494, visitors should take the 34th Avenue exit south to East 80th Street. Turn left on East 80th Street and proceed east for 1/4 mile to the Visitor Center entrance which is on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(952) 854-5900

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