Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in Pope, Douglas, Grant, Stevens and Traverse counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Glenwood area wildlife office.
Area Supervisor Kevin Kotts, one full-time staff and one seasonal laborer oversee an area that includes 2 million acres of public and private land. This includes 115 Wildlife Management Areas totaling more than 18,000 acres. A significant feature in the Glenwood work area is Lake Christina, which is an important waterfowl breeding and migration shallow lake for many species of waterfowl. The staff also oversees four waterfowl refuges; six state duck refuges; two state game refuges; and four designated waterfowl feeding and resting areas that are undisturbed areas for ducks and geese during the waterfowl hunting season.
The Glenwood area is known for its many shallow lakes that provide excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities. It's also well known for its pheasant hunting. Deer and wild turkey hunting is especially good in the eastern portion of the work area. Furbearing species include the usual farmland species such as raccoons, mink and muskrats and in the last decade fisher and river otter have become fairly common.
A sinkhole underneath an old water control structure resulted in this new one being built so water levels can be managed to benefit wildlife.