WMA detail report

Crow Wing Chain WMA Reference Map

Additional Information:

  • interactive covertype map
  • recreation compass

New! Make comments on this WMA's facilities or habitat conditions.

Crow Wing Chain WMA

County: Hubbard
Nearest Town: Hubbard
Area: 3,267 ac

Directions: From Hubbard, go east 8 miles on MN Highway 87. There are 7 parking areas located along the border of the WMA.

Description: This WMA is a complex of lakes, wetlands, old fields, and forest along the Crow Wing River. Half of the WMA is forested with aspen, jack pine, red pines, white pines, and oaks. The remainder has many acres of emergent wetlands and lowland brush.

There are many game species available, along with non-game viewing opportunities such as pileated woodpeckers, broad-winged hawks, and warblers. Includes a candidate old growth northern hardwood stand on the southeast side of 2nd Crow Wing Lake.

The land was donated with the stipulation that the red and white pines wouldn't be harvested. Major management emphasis includes forest and brushland regeneration and wetland habitat management and enhancement for waterfowl nesting and food production.

John Brown acquired 2770 acres in the 1960s, which were donated to The Nature Conservancy in 1976, and then given to the State of MN.

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.