Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Delta Marsh Wildlife Management Area


Services

Availability

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

Description

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

In spring, the marsh and beach ridge 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 spring and fall, migrants use 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
  • Cadham Bay viewpoint on Provincial Road 240 just before Delta Beach

Habitats

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

Site Specialties

  • Canvasback
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Western and Clark’s Grebes
  • Ross’s Goose, Snow Goose (blue and white phases)
  • American White Pelican
  • Yellow Warbler

Directions

  • Delta Beach – from Portage la Prairie, travel north 30 kilometres on PR 240. Turn west and proceed to the municipal beach and campground. The Taking Flight Trail is to the east (right) of PR 240 at Delta Beach.
  • 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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