"Wildlife Drive" will be open to vehicles from July 20th to the 28thThe 27-mile “Wildlife Drive” through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area in northwest Minnesota will be open to vehicles from July 20 to 28 and weekends through Aug. 18 after that.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
The 27-mile “Wildlife Drive” through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area in northwest Minnesota will be open to vehicles from July 20 to 28 and weekends through Aug. 18 after that.
The drive crosses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats and provides abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, Minn., along Roseau County Road 3, Roseau River WMA is one of the viewing stops along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, which consists of 45 sites spanning a 223-mile corridor from pine to prairie in northwest Minnesota. The sites offer some of the most spectacular birding in the state.
The viewing route also cuts through the northern reaches of the “Juneberry 3” wildfire, which burned more than 30,000 acres in October 2011. The burned area now is covered with a lush growth of grasses, wildflowers and woody plants.
About 149 bird species breed within the Roseau River WMA, and the wildlife area’s managed 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 the Roseau River WMA.
Info: (218) 463-1130 or mndnr.gov/wmas/index.html.
— Herald staff report