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Little Willow River WMA Reference Map

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Little Willow River WMA

County: Aitkin
Nearest Town: Palisade
Area: 1,786 ac

Directions: From Palisade; East access: 8.5 miles W. on Co. Rd. 3 then 1.5 miles S. on Co. Rd. 1, both sides of road. Impoundment access: 10.5 miles W. on Co. Rd. 3 then 1 mile S. on 400th Place, take trail to east.

Restrictions: No wild rice harvesting allowed. Permits are required for beaver and otter trapping. Respect private property on adjacent lands.

Description: This WMA is primarily oak, aspen, birch and basswood forest cover types with two wetland impoundments.

Painted turtles, tiger salamanders, marsh wrens, ruffed grouse, deer, bear and gray squirrels may be found on this unit. Watch for nesting bald eagles and waterfowl in the spring. Trumpeter swans use the impoundments.

This is a cooperative WMA with Aitkin County. On this unit the impoundments are managed for waterfowl while the timber types are managed for deer, bear, ruffed grouse and woodcock. Additional land has been added to this WMA but has not been posted yet.

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.