WMA detail report

Sand Prairie WMA Reference Map

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  • interactive covertype map
  • recreation compass

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Sand Prairie WMA

County: Sherburne
Nearest Town: St. Cloud
Area: 650 ac

Directions: 2 miles E of St. Cloud within Sections 4, 5, 8, and 9, T35N, R30W, Sherburne County.

Restrictions: Sand Prairie WMA is closed to hunting and trapping to encourage year around environmental education use. Please respect property boundaries and ask for permission before going on private lands. Consider picking up any litter you come across.

Description: This 700 acre WMA is situated in the glacial flood plain of the Mississippi River. Well drained sandy soils with a high water table define the type of native vegetation that grows here. Moist to wet remnant prairie, dry prairie, and aspen are occur here

Good opportunities exist for wildlife viewing, nature study and hiking. As with many WMAs, more remote areas of this unit are visited by people less and offer solitude and discovery for those willing to explore. Watch for sandhill cranes!

In addition to its status as a WMA, Sand Prairie is the first WMA also designated as an Environmental Education Area. Numerous local school and college students and teachers routinely visit and study the Sand Prairie ecosystem.

Wheelchair access is possible on mowed trails, boardwalk, and observation deck. See maps at main parking lots for more information.

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.