Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Delta Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Description:

Delta Marsh is one of the greatest freshwater marshes of the world. Royalty and Hollywood celebrities came to Delta to hunt waterfowl in the early to mid 1900's. The 18,000-hectare marsh stretches around the southern edge of Lake Manitoba. Delta is a great spot for a family day out – there are beaches and plenty of wildlife.

Spring is a busy time to visit Delta – the marsh and beach ridges are alive with migrating birds in all shapes and sizes. Colourful warblers migrate through in waves of thousands. Spring is also a time for mating dances. The most impressive is the ballet of the courting Western Grebe. Watch for it in May in open water on the marsh. In summer, warblers skim through the trees of the beach ridge. Look for the rare Golden-winged, Black-throated and Blue Warblers. At St. Ambroise you can see Yellow-headed Blackbirds beat their wings against bushes to stir up the bugs for a bite to eat. Sit on the beach and watch the sandpipers running in and out of wavelets or pelican flotillas herding minnows and scooping them into their pouches. Look for the rare Hackberry tree not often found in Manitoba. Don’t forget to look up – hawks might be quartering the marsh. Fall brings the migrants back to Delta Marsh. It is a major staging area, where waterfowl rest and feed during their long migration from one end of the continent to the other. Watch for swans, geese and ducks in the thousands. 

Don’t Miss:

Cadham Bay viewpoint on Provincial Road 240 just before Delta Beach

Habitats:

lake, treed beach ridge, marsh complex, upland grasslands and pastures, maple and aspen-oak bluffs

Site Specialties:

Canvasback, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Western and Clark’s Grebes, Yellow Warbler, American White Pelican

Directions:
  1. Delta Beach – take the Trans-Canada Highway 1, to the town of Portage la Prairie, 70 kilometres west of Winnipeg. From Portage la Prairie, travel north 30 kilometres along Provincial Road 240 (watch the signs there are two right angle turns in the road); when you run out of road you are at Delta Beach.
  2. St. Ambroise Provincial Park – take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 to Provincial Road 430, turn north and follow the road to the hamlet of St. Ambroise, continue past the hamlet about five minutes and follow the signs to the park. You have to turn left before the end of the road and then take the next right and you will drive through the marsh to the beach at the edge of the lake.  
Latitude & Longitude:
  1. Delta Beach – 50°11’11N and 98°19’15W
  2. St. Ambroise Provincial Park gate – 50°16’13N and 98°04’45W
Cautionary Notes:

Hunting is allowed in the WMA, but not in the Game Bird Refuges at Delta Beach and St. Ambroise Provincial Park. Some of the marsh is privately owned and landowner permission is required for access.

Admission:

Park Vehicle Permits must be displayed year-round in provincial parks. Permits are available at all campground and district offices and most business locations that sell fishing and hunting licences.

Click here to see Park Fees.

More about Delta Marsh Wildlife Management Area:

Site Services

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