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Dishpan WMA Reference Map

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Dishpan WMA

County: Itasca
Nearest Town: Dora Lake
Area: 1,556 ac

Directions: From Dora Lake, go 2 miles northwest on CSAH 26, then 1.6 miles northwest on USFS Road 2240 (Lost Forty Loop Road).

Description: This WMA was established in 1975 primarily for waterfowl production by constructing 2 impoundments that created 200 acres of type 4 marsh. Both impoundments support stands of wild rice which provides production and migration habitat.

Habitat management includes managing water levels on the impoundments, commercial timber harvests, planting conifers for winter cover, planting oak and fruiting shrubs for hard and soft mast on the 800 acres of aspen forest that surround the impoundments

There are 6.5 miles of hunter walking trails that extend off the WMA onto other public lands open to hunting. There is a path maintained to a hill overlooking the lower pool for observation of wetland and forest wildlife.

There are opportunities for trapping and wild rice harvesting. This WMA is located within the 11,000 acre Chippewa National Forest Fiske Lake Non-motorized Area, which is managed for deer and grouse. The WMA is adjacent to the Lost Forty SNA.

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.