Faune observable Manitoba

Whitewater Lake Wildlife Management Area


educational sign about Whitewater Wader's (birds)

Whitewater Lake Wader's Sign
Photo by Robert R. Taylor
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Services

Availability

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

Map



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Description

Whitewater Lake is a bit out of the way for those of you looking for a quiet place to watch wildlife. It is also one of the best birding areas in Manitoba. You will find it just north of Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.

The lake is really a large, shallow, saline wetland. The WMA is approximately 8,260 hectares and there is a viewing mound and tower, boardwalk, trails and interpretive signs. Some of the frequent flyers at Whitewater are thousands of Tundra Swans on migration during April/May and October/November —the highest concentrations in Manitoba. Others found in abundance are the Black-crowned Night Herons, Snow Geese, Franklin’s Gulls, Mallards and Pintails.

When you tire of the fantastic avian species, there are muskrats swimming about and deer in the reeds. You can find a variety of frogs, toads and turtles trying to avoid the coyotes and red foxes.

Don’t Miss

  • The newly built picnic shelter and bird loafing bars
  • Boardwalk with interpretive signs
  • North Viewing Tower with interpretive signs and viewing blind.
  • Bring your bike to ride the circular dike trail.

Habitats

  • Shallow saline wetland
  • Sedge meadows
  • Mixed-grass prairie

Site Specialties

  • Tundra Swans
  • Egrets – Cattle, Snowy and Common
  • White-faced Ibis
  • American Avocet
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Shorebirds and waterfowl

Directions

Close to the U.S.A.-Canada border in southwestern Manitoba, Whitewater Lake is an easy drive from Boissevain, Deloraine or Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. Need some direction.

Cautionary Notes

Hunting waterfowl in the fall is popular

Admission

No entrance fee

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