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Burgen Lake Prairie WMA
Burgen Lake is located in an area of low human habitation, so it’s perfect for getting away from it all. There are no amenities for the traveler here, but what makes this site unique is that it’s home to both wetland and wet prairie species. More than two thousand acres provides ample space to ...
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Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area
Description: Wildlife observation blinds, well-maintained hiking trails and scenic overlooks with benches make this site delightful for easy wildlife watching. A restored prairie and wildflower garden enhance the area, which is named after conservationist land donors Bob and Barbara Uppgaard.

In the heart of the lakes country, this 110-acre tract of gently rolling woods and wetlands offers not only the opportunity to view wildlife, but shows how you can attract wildlife to your property. As Minnesota's first "Landscaping for Wildlife" Demonstration Area, this approach of habitat management consists of creating specific plant communities in combination with the use of feeders, nest boxes, dust beds, brush and rock piles and snags to entice animals.

A blend of a mixed coniferous and deciduous forest, two small lakes, meadow and marshland offers a potpourri of plant life. Aspen, birch, oak and Minnesota's three species of pine—jack, red and white—can be seen here. Check out the sunny wildflower garden, which features a seasonal parade of pasque flowers, black-eyed susans, purple coneflowers, blazing stars, pearly everlastings, columbines, wild phlox and butterflyweed. These plants provide ideal habitat for summer butterflies too.

A great place to enjoy a leisurely walk, watch wildlife and learn!

Wildlife to Watch: Eastern bluebirds and tree swallows are often seen around the nest boxes in the parking area and upper meadow. Listen for the drumming of ruffed grouse, a broad-winged hawk or great blue heron overhead and the songs and calls of common yellowthroat, American redstart, ovenbird and great crested flycatcher. This is a good place for waterfowl as well.

Look for white-tailed deer, porcupines and foxes. You might even see signs of a visiting black bear. By the observation blind at the end of Hidden Blind Trail scan for western painted turtles, beaver near their lodge and osprey on the nesting platform.

Special Tips: Information and maps are available at the entrance.

Other Activities: Although not groomed, you may use the trails for cross-country skiing in winter. Ski passes are not required.

Ownership: MN DNR 
Size: 110 acres 
Closest Town: Pequot Lakes

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Beaver - Photo by Andrea Lee Lambrecht
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Driving Directions:
Located about 30 miles north of Brainerd, the WMA is on the south side of County Road 16 between Pequot Lakes and Crosslake.

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Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area