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Detroit Lakes area wildlife

Minnesota map showing Detroit Lakes location

14583 County Highway 9
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
218-846-8374
detroitlakes.wildlife@state.mn.us

Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in Becker, Mahnomen and Norman counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Detroit Lakes area wildlife staff.

Area Supervisor Rob Baden, two full-time staff and two seasonal laborers oversee an area that includes 1.4 million acres of public and private land. This includes 50 Wildlife Management Areas totaling more than 26,000 acres; two state game refuges; two wildlife sanctuaries; and one waterfowl refuge.

Baden and his staff also help coordinate wildlife management on thousands of acres of state forest administered lands, plus collaborative habitat restoration efforts with Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and WLicense Dollars At Workildlife Service. A significant accomplishment in 2016 was approval of the state's 55th designated wildlife lake – 238-acre Beaulieu Lake northeast of Bejou, an important water body for migratory waterfowl, especially diving ducks.

  • What we do

At work for you

 Detroit Lakes area wildlife staff conduct a prescribed burn on a WMA to enhance habitat for grassland nesting birds.

Detroit Lakes area wildlife staff conduct a prescribed burn on a WMA to enhance habitat for grassland nesting birds.

  • Acquiring 973 acres of new lands adjacent to three WMAs in Norman County.
  • Completing construction of a sheet pile weir structure on the outlet of Beaulieu Lake in Mahnomen County in cooperation with adjacent landowners, USFWS, Mahnomen county and Ducks Unlimited.
  • Completing 154 acres of prairie restoration on Hubbel Pond, Syre, Twin Valley and Wambach WMA.
  • Conducting prescribed burns on 15 sites totaling 2,861 acres of prairie.
  • Completing four wetland restoration/enhancement projects on Ogema Springs, Syre, Twin Valley and Teiken-Dalve WMAs in cooperation with DNR Forestry. Previously drained wetlands were restored through dike building and sediment removal.
  • Removing trees and brush from upland prairie areas on seven WMAs totaling 467 acres.