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Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area


Site Services

bullet Drinking Water Yes
bullet Restrooms Yes
bullet Marked Trails Yes
bullet Boardwalk Yes
bullet Viewing Tower Yes
bullet Picnic Shelter Yes
bullet Camping No
bullet Concession Yes
bullet Visitor Centre Yes
bullet Interpretive Signs/brochures Yes
bullet Primitive Site No
Description:

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.  

Don’t Miss:

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. 

Habitats:

marsh, prairie grasslands, aspen-oak bluffs 

Site Specialties:

large numbers of Canada Geese, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Least and American Bittern, Short-tailed Weasel, Snowy Owl, Short-eared Owl

Directions:
  1. The Oak Hammock Marsh is located just north of Highway 67, between Highway 7 and 8. It is approximately 30 minutes north of Winnipeg. Follow the signs along Highway 7 or 8; the turnoff to Highway 67 and the marsh are clearly marked. On Highway 67 watch closely for the sign that tells you to turn north on Provincial Road 220. Follow the road until you see the interpretive centre on your right. There is a parking lot at the centre or you can park anywhere along 220.
Latitude & Longitude:

Interpretive Centre – 50°10’23N and 97°07’59W

Cautionary Notes:

There is no hunting in the WMA but you can hunt on surrounding private land with the landowner’s permission.

Admission:

Entry fee to the visitor centre. There is no fee to visit the Wildlife Management Area and wetland. 

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