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Birchdale WMA Reference Map

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Birchdale WMA

County: Crow Wing
Nearest Town: Emily
Area: 1,426 ac

Directions: From the junction of St. Hwy. 6 and CR 1 in Emily, E on Co. Rd. 1 5.8 miles, S on Co. Rd. 106 1.7 miles to the Birchdale WMA access trail entrance in the SE corner of Co. Rd..

Description: This WMA was created in 1957 to improve habitat for waterfowl and furbearers in the Birchdale Lake basin, which includes 300 acres of sedge meadow and 80 acres of wild rice. The forested areas are aspen and N hardwoods mixed with blk spruce and tamarack.

Birchdale Lake is an excellent wild rice lake that provides migration and production habitat for waterfowl as well as hunting opportunities. There are also three hunter walking trails totaling 1.4 miles on this unit that are mowed on a bi-annual cycle.

An old water control structure at the Birchdale Lake outlet was removed in 2003 through a coop project with Ducks Unlimited. The goal was to restore natural water level regimes at this outlet to improve wild rice production and waterfowl use of the lake.

Water access to Birchdale Lake is a carry-in/canoe type only and is very difficult (1/4 mile along narrow stream and over bog).

At this scale, these WMA boundaries are general, and do not accurately represent the actual legal boundaries. WMA users still need to verify public lands boundaries by observing boundary signs and contacting local DNR Wildlife offices.