Faune observable Manitoba

Delta Marsh Wildlife Management Area


Western Grebe (bird)

Western Grebe
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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Services

Availability

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

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Description

Delta Marsh, cradling the southern edge of Lake Manitoba, is one of the world’s great freshwater marshes. Delta is an ideal spot for a family day— there are beaches, interpretive trails and plenty of wildlife.

In spring, the marsh and beach ridges are alive with colourful warblers migrating in the thousands. Spring is a time for mating dances, like the water ballet of the Western Grebe. In summer, warblers skim through the beach ridge trees while you watch the sandpipers running in the wavelets or pelican flotillas herding minnows. In fall, the migrants return to Delta Marsh to rest and feed before flying to the other end of the continent. Watch for swans, geese and ducks in the thousands.

Don’t Miss

  • Taking Flight Trail
  • Sioux Pass Marsh Trail
  • 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
  • Ross’s Goose, Snow Goose (blue and white forms)
  • American White Pelican
  • Yellow Warbler

Directions

  • Delta Beach – from Portage la Prairie, travel north 30 kilometres on PR 240. Delta Beach is at the end of the road. Taking Flight Trail is to the east (right) and the municipal park is to the west (left).
  • St. Ambroise Provincial Park – take Trans-Canada Highway 1 to PR 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.

Cautionary Notes

Hunting is allowed in the WMA, but not in the Game Bird Refuges at Delta Beach and St. Ambroise Provincial Park. 

Admission

No entry fee for Delta Beach; daily or seasonal pass park required for St. Ambroise Provincial Park

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