Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

Birding Checklist


Habitat: Marshes, fields, deciduous woods, large pools.


Features: Roseau River Wildlife Management Area encompasses 61,333 acres and is managed by the DNR. The Roseau River flows west through the unit. There are 27 miles of dikes which create three large pools that are managed as wetlands. The area provides premiere wildlife habitat for breeding and migratory birds, and is the only nesting spot in Minnesota for the Horned Grebe.


Best Times To Visit: April through October. Very popular with waterfowl and deer hunters during season. Check at the headquarters for restrictions and areas to avoid.


Birds To Look For: Five species of grebes, Least Bittern, waterfowl, Yellow Rail, Sandhill Crane, Wilson’s Phalarope, Franklin’s Gull, Forster’s Tern, Marsh Wren, LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows.


Western Grebe by James MattssonNotes For Birding The Area: Dike roads along pools may be accessed on foot or by bicycle. Best viewing probably in spring, as cattails may obscure view of some areas in late summer or fall. Blinds on the east side of Pool One may be used for bird observation except during the waterfowl hunting season. Also check areas of sedge marsh south of this WMA along Co. Rd. 7.


Contact: Roseau River WMA, 27952 400th St., Roseau, MN 56751-8057, (218) 463-1557,