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TALKIN WITH DOKKEN: Recreational vehicles on Wildlife Drive?

Q. I was reading in the Herald recently that the Wildlife Drive at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area will be open to motorized vehicles later this month. Does that include recreational vehicles such as Polaris Rangers, as well?

A. That's a question I never considered when editing the item about the Wildlife Drive being opened to vehicles.

I ran the question by Randy Prachar, manager of Roseau River Wildlife Management area, and he said only highway licensed vehicles may be used during the time when the Wildlife Drive is open.

"There are a lot of reasons for this, but the most important is that mixing various types of vehicles on a narrow gravel road with steep banks is not a good way to go safety-wise," Prachar said in an email.

The 27-mile Roseau River WMA Wildlife Drive will be open to vehicles beginning Saturday and continuing through July 28, and weekends through Aug. 18 after that.

Roseau River Wildlife Management Area is located about 20 miles northwest of Roseau, Minn., along Roseau County Road 3. The WMA is one of the stops on the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail, which includes 45 sites along a 223-mile corridor in northwest Minnesota.

Besides offering a variety of bird-watching opportunities, the WMA is known for its northern pike fishing. At 75,000 acres, it's also one of the largest wildlife management areas in Minnesota.

For more information on Roseau River WMA, contact the headquarters at (218) 463-1130 or check out the DNR website at

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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