Broad Valley 4,103 ha
8 km southwest of Fisher Branch
White-tailed deer and elk make significant use of the WMA in winter. It has a lush aspen forest interspersed with numerous wetlands, including Otter Lake which provides staging habitat for waterfowl, pelicans, and shorebirds. The aspen forest is productive ruffed grouse habitat and fills with songbirds in spring and summer.
Elk, moose, white-tailed deer, grouse and waterfowl are found in this area. Great blue
herons, ring-billed gulls and several grebe species nest here. The wetlands are home to
numerous frog species and uplands are used by garter snakes. Basket Lake itself is shallow
and marshy, while the surrounding uplands are dominated by aspen and poplar with numerous
willow and grassy runs. Also found are stands of jack pine, and much of the area shows
evidence of repeated wild fires.
This WMA provides important winter habitat for white-tailed deer, and is also used by
coyotes and a variety of furbearers. Snowshoe hares and upland game birds such as ruffed
and sharp-tailed grouse are also common throughout the area. It is occasionally used by
elk and black bears. The karst topography provides hibernacula or dens for garter snakes.
Aspen is the dominant tree species, with the common shrub species being chokecherry,
saskatoon and bog birch. It contains several wetlands dominated by sedges and bulrushes.
This WMA is internationally recognized as a nesting and staging area for colonial
waterbirds such as white pelicans, double-crested cormorants, great blue herons, great
egrets, and various gull species. Consisting of the waters of Dog Lake and all of the
islands, the initial purpose of this WMA was to provide a safe area for nesting and
migrating waterfowl. The islands on Dog Lake have been a bird sanctuary since 1957 and
game bird hunting continues to be prohibited on any of them. The lake played a vital role
in the recovery of giant Canada goose populations in the Interlake.
The WMA is used by snakes, white-tailed deer and upland game birds. The area consists of
aspen covered ridges interspersed with grassy meadows, and areas of rock outcrop. The
dominant vegetation in the area is trembling aspen, but jack pine, white spruce, balsam
poplar and alder are also found in the area. There are a few shallow marshes and moose are
Grants Lake is a major waterfowl staging area, particularly for snow geese. Most of the
WMA consists of wetland, but there are several young poplar and willow stands. It also
provides habitat for a variety of shorebird species. A cooperative habitat development
project was undertaken with Ducks Unlimited Canada involving the excavation of several
small ponds and level ditches. Nesting islands were also constructed. The Department of
Natural Resources operates a managed hunting program around the perimeter of the WMA,
while the lake is a game bird refuge.
This WMA was established to preserve habitat for white-tailed deer, black bears,
waterfowl, grouse and muskrats. Moose also use the area from time to time. Trembling aspen
and scattered stands of white spruce or jack pine dominate the ridges, while a well
defined boggy area supports black spruce and tamarack.
The diversity of habitats in this WMA provides for a corresponding variety of wildlife
species. The marsh vegetation is largely sedges, cattails, bulrushes and whitetop. On the
ridges, the dominant trees are aspen and bur oak, with Saskatoon dominating the
understorey. American elm are also scattered throughout the area. The marsh is used by
nesting and staging waterfowl, shorebirds and other marsh birds. The uplands are inhabited
by white-tailed deer and ruffed grouse.
The common wildlife species in this area are white-tailed deer and grouse. It is also
important for savannah sparrows, sedge wrens, and red-winged blackbirds. The topography is
gently rolling with ridges dominated by bur oak and trembling aspen interspersed with
The Inwood WMA is an important summer habitat for red-sided garter snakes and is essential
habitat for white-tailed deer and ruffed grouse, along with numerous species of
neo-tropical migrant birds. The topography is ridge-and-swale, with aspen woodland
interspersed with grasslands and wetlands.
The WMA is a component of the world-famous Delta Heritage Marsh, a major breeding and
staging area for waterbirds. It includes wetlands, beach ridge, and tall-grass prairie
habitats. The wetlands are used by a great variety of water birds, including western
grebes and pelicans, and amphibians, such as leopard frogs. The beach ridge is a breeding
area and critical migration stop-over for a wide variety of warblers, which congregate in
great numbers during spring and fall. The endangered piping plover occasionally nests on
the sandy beach adjacent to the ridge. Hackberry, a rare species of the elm family, grows
on the beach ridge, the only other known site in Manitoba being near the Lauder Sandhills.
An interpretive facility has been developed along PR 41 1 featuring the tall-grass prairie
found in the WMA. Sprague's pipits and other grassland birds can be observed in the area.
The WMA was initially established to help restore Canada goose populations. Lee and Otter
Lakes are the largest waterbodies, though there are numerous smaller wetlands. The
surrounding aspen forest and grasslands provide excellent upland habitat as well.
Trembling aspen is the most common tree species, but the occasional jack pine, white
spruce and bur oak are also present. The WMA provides habitat for waterfowl, ruffed
grouse, elk and deer.
White-tailed deer, elk, and grouse are the prominent wildlife species in this WMA. Moose
and bear are occasionally seen here as well. The ridges are dominated by aspen and
grasslands, with some bur oak present. One large wetland and several smaller wetlands are
found in the swales.
The rich habitat of this WMA supports white-tailed deer, elk, black bear, ruffed and
sharp-tailed grouse. Its ridges are dominated by aspen forest and grasslands, with the
lower arm between the ridges containing marshes or sedge meadows. Marsh wrens, sandhill
cranes, Sprague's pipits, and bobolinks are also found here.
This large WMA includes ridge-and-swale topography, eskers, beach ridges and end moraines.
As a result, the vegetation is varied, from coniferous forest to lakeshore marsh. Much of
the WMA burned over in the late 1980s and is regenerating. A young aspen forest dominates,
but a vigorous growth of jack pine has established itself in many areas. Mantagao Lake and
several smaller waterbodies are within the WMA. Several prairie and eastern forest plant
species reach their northern limits in the area, including staghorn sumach. The northern
red-bellied snake is abundant here. Moose, elk and white-tailed deer are found throughout
the area. The WMA was the site of a successful elk transplant between 1969 and 1973.
This lakeside marsh is an important staging area for waterfowl and played a major role in
the reintroduction of giant Canada Geese in the 1960s. The WMA and surrounding area are
now a goose refuge. Its wetlands also provide habitat for wrens, common yellow-throats,
grebes, and other waterfowl.
Moose, white-tailed deer, black bear, timber wolf, sandhill cranes and Canada geese are
found here. The WMA is along an important migration route for bald eagles and other
raptors. Also designated as a Provincial Forest, the area is well covered by stands of
trembling aspen, balsam poplar, white birch, balsam fir, white and black spruce, jack
pine, and tamarack.
The WMA includes a large segment of Moosehorn Lake, an important staging area for
waterfowl. The topography is generally ridge-and-swale, typical of the Interlake, and
there are several deep permanent wetlands in this area. Species found in the WMA include
Canada geese, upland sandpipers, northern harriers, short-eared owls, and Wilson's
The Narcisse Snake Dens, located within the WMA, are the winter home for tens of thousands
of red-sided garter snakes. Now an international attraction, some 35,000 people visit the
WMA annually to view the spectacular snake activity that occurs here each spring and fall.
An interpretive trail and associated facilities have been developed beyond the parking area
off PTH 17.
The Narcisse WMA includes ridge-and-swale topography common to the Interlake. Portions of the area were formerly grazed, hayed and cultivated, but were proven to be unsuitable due to poor soils and drainage. The lands included in the WMA were acquired in the 1970s. The WMA's mixture of aspen forest and open meadows provides ideal habitat for significant numbers of ruffed grouse and sharp-tailed grouse, neo-tropical birds and raptors. It is also a critical wintering habitat for white-tailed deer.
The WMA is a premier wildlife viewing location and home to the Oak Hammock Marsh
Conservation Centre. The marsh is a major staging area for Canada geese and other
waterfowl. It also attracts numerous gull species and shorebirds, and has a large muskrat
population. The Oak Hammock Marsh Conservation Centre offers interpretive programming for
the general public and school groups year round. It has a theatre, meeting rooms and a
great variety of innovative and informative displays, along with a cafeteria and gift
The marsh is a remnant of the once vast St. Andrews Bog set between the Stonewall ridge to the west and the lower Selkirk ridge to the east. Early attempts at drainage all but eliminated the marsh, but it was restored through the construction of dykes and the creation of several impoundments. The marsh is surrounded by remnants of tall-grass prairie and formerly cultivated areas that have been seeded to nesting cover. There is also a small stand of bur oak.
This WMA provides habitat for white-tailed deer and sharp-tailed grouse. The vegetation
consists mainly of aspen, willow and associated shrubs, along with meadow grasses and
sedges. Nesting and migrating bald eagles use the area, as do some colonial waterbird
species. It is also important for over-wintering elk.
This WMA provides habitat for white-tailed deer and grouse. It consists of sand dunes
covered by aspen-oak forest and mixed-grass prairie. Vehicle use is restricted to protect
this fragile ecosystem.
The WMA provides habitat for white-tailed deer and upland game birds. Its topography
features ridges covered by grasses and stunted poplar interspersed by numerous willow and
This WMA provides habitat for ruffed grouse and white-tailed deer. It includes a prominent
ridge that is covered by aspen forest. A fairly light, even dispersion of balsam poplar
and stands of white spruce are other notable features. More open areas contain grasses
interspersed with willow and bog birch.
A prominent limestone ridge covered by shallow sand and gravel deposits result in the
widespread distribution of stunted aspen in this WMA. Bur oak and balsam poplar are also
scattered throughout the WMA, as are native grasslands. The WMA provides important habitat
for white-tailed deer and upland game birds. Several large gravel pits have been
rehabilitated and sown to grasses and forage.
Sharpewood 1,867 ha
16km west of Chatfield off PR 512
The WMA's ridge-and-swale topography has a mixture of aspen forest, open meadows, and wetlands. It provides ideal habitat for elk, ruffed grouse and sharp-tailed grouse. Sandhill cranes and numerous raptor species also use the area, and it is important as a breeding and stop-over location for neo-tropical birds.
The WMA, which is adjacent to, but does not include Sleeve Lake itself, was established to
maintain habitat for white-tailed deer, elk and grouse. Its ridge-and-swale topography has
uplands dominated by trembling aspen with a scattering of white spruce. Shrubs are found
in abundance, including Saskatoon, red-osier dogwood and chokecherry. The WMA is also
important as a breeding and stop-over location for neo-tropical migrant birds.
Washow Bay 1,426 ha
20km northwest of Riverton
Inland from Washow Bay itself, the WMA includes habitat for moose, staging waterfowl and bald eagles. Great blue herons also use it for roosting and feeding.