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Lac qui Parle WMA Reference Map

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Lac qui Parle WMA

County: Lac Qui Parle
Nearest Town: Watson
Area: 24,321 ac

Directions: Lac qui Parle WMA is between Appleton and Montevideo. Take Hwy. 7 & 59 north of Montevideo for 7 miles. Turn west on Co. Rd. 13 for 2.5 miles. Go north on Co. Rd. 32 for 2 miles, then west on Co. Rd. 33 for ? mile to reach the WMA headquarters.

Restrictions: The eastern one-half of Marsh Lake is non-motorized during open waterfowl seasons. The entire WMA is closed from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Trappers must obtain a permit from the wildlife area manager. Check the hunting regulations for further details.

Description: Lac qui Parle WMA lies in the Upper Minnesota River Valley with Lac qui Parle Lake (5,600 acres) and Marsh Lake (5,000 acres) being the prominent features. Large tracts of native prairie interspersed with numerous wetland basins surround both lakes.

Hunting opportunities include waterfowl, pheasants, deer, and small game. Marsh Lake contains the largest white pelican colony in North America and the WMA offers excellent viewing for numerous wetland and grassland dependent wildlife species.

The main purpose of the WMA is to manage and preserve a functioning prairie pothole landscape. Food plots are dispersed throughout the unit to provide a food source for resident and migratory wildlife.

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.