Oak Hammock Marsh, just a half hour north of the city of Winnipeg, is a world-renowned wildlife viewing site. It draws birders from across the continent and overseas, but there is more here than a spectacular array of birds. You will also find an award-winning visitor centre, walking trails, interpretive signs and programs for all ages.
The site is more than 3,500 hectares, a remnant of the once vast St. Andrews Bog. Today the landscape is marsh, grasslands with patches of tall-grass prairie, aspen-oak bluffs and planted wildlife cover. You can find more than 285 species of birds in the assorted habitats. Visit in spring and fall to see the breathtaking flights of waterfowl filling the sky. At dawn and dusk the sky is blanketed with flock after flock overhead. The sound is a chorus of hellos, goodbyes and get-out-of-my-ways. Other migrants are Snowy Owls, Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks and the endangered Peregrine Falcon. Oak Hammock Marsh is also home to some 25 mammals, and a variety of amphibians, reptiles and fish. Look for white-tailed deer and coyotes all year round. There is plenty of wildlife watching along the boardwalk into the marsh. Look and listen for the Boreal Chorus Frog, American Bittern imitating a reed while making gulping sounds, muskrats swimming, Ruddy Ducks nesting on old muskrat houses and the Predacious Diving Beetle hunting in the water. Out on the trails watch for a couple of other hunters, the Short-tailed Weasel and the Short-eared Owl. There is always wildlife to see at Oak Hammock Marsh.
The artesian well site with interpretive signs; native prairie site, just south of the artesian well where you will find an interpretive kiosk; north mound interpretive kiosk and trail.
marsh, prairie grasslands, aspen-oak bluffs
large numbers of Canada Geese, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Least and American Bittern, Short-tailed Weasel, Snowy Owl, Short-eared Owl
Interpretive Centre – 50°10’23N and 97°07’59W
There is no hunting in the WMA but you can hunt on surrounding private land with the landowner’s permission.
Entry fee to the visitor centre. There is no fee to visit the Wildlife Management Area and wetland.