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Beaches Lake WMA Reference Map

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Beaches Lake WMA

County: Kittson
Nearest Town: Lancaster
Area: 27,921 ac

Directions: From the intersection of St Hwy 59 and Kittson Co Rd 15 at Lake Bronson: travel 0.5 miles N on Kittson Cty 15, take gravel Twp Rd 4.25 miles E, 0.5 miles N and 1.75 miles E, turn N on Twp Rd and travel 2.5 miles N to the southwest entrance of the WMA.

Description: This WMA is one of the largest in the state. Several isolated tracts are separated from the main unit by private land. This unit is in the Aspen Parkland Landscape and is a mixture of wetlands, aspen timber, brush prairie, brush lands and old fields.

This WMA is a very large unit with many unique features. A rich fen is located in the northwest. Rare birds found in the sedge meadows include marbled godwit, sharp-tailed sparrow and yellow rail, including several rare butterflies.

This unit is managed as aspen parkland. The prairie vegetation will be maintained with fire, mowing, and controlled grazing. The aspen woodlands and brush land will be burned or cut to keep them in a young stage. This WMA was established in 1968.

Elk occasionally are found on this unit. There is a wide-ranging elk herd in this area, and you may occasionally be able to spot them on this WMA. In September and October, elk can be spotted in openings, especially at dawn and dusk.

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.