Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Proven Lake Wildlife Management Area



Drinking Water No
Restrooms No
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


Proven Lake WMA is south of Riding Mountain National Park in the heart of prairie pothole country — North America’s most productive waterfowl breeding grounds. At the centre of the 2,000-hectare WMA is a large wetland where water birds of many shapes and sizes raise their young.

Proven Lake in spring is a good place to observe birds with young, as parents shepherd downy little ones around the lake. The wetland is also a busy stopover for migrating birds in spring and fall. Large flocks of Tundra Swans regularly rest here during their migration.

There is a hiking trail, great for bird watching, which loops around the southern edge of Proven Lake and a small managed wetland.

Don’t Miss

  • Interpretive trail
  • Look for black-crowned night herons and diving ducks


  • Deciduous woods
  • Sedge/grass meadows
  • Freshwater lake

Site Specialties

  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Black Tern
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck


Highway 10 from Riding Mountain or Minnedosa, turn west at Highway 45 and look for the directional signs along the road.


No entrance fee.

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