|Lake of the Woods|
Lake of the Woods is one of Minnesota’s relatively unexplored natural treasures. It is the 100th largest lake in the world. With 65,000 miles of shoreline, 10 miles wide and 14,000 islands, this lake represents Minnesota and southern Canada at their best.
The lake can be accessed on ...
Thief Lake WMA
|Description: Thief Lake WMA is one of Minnesota’s premier wetland wildlife areas.|
Located in northwestern Minnesota, the lake and surrounding upland habitats provide habitat for breeding and migrating waterbirds and shorebirds by the thousands.
Both Western and Eared Grebes nest on the lake; waterfowl breeding here includes Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, American Widgeon and Mallard. Twenty-seven waterfowl species can be seen here during migration periods. Thief Lake is an exciting location to view migratory birds, with shorebirds being present in the summer months.
The area is managed for wildlife of all kinds, through habitat improvement and water level manipulation. The area was established as a refuge in 1930 and includes 7,100 acre Thief Lake.
Wildlife to Watch: A total of 232 species have been recorded on the WMA, 99 are known to breed on the Unit.
Highlights include Sandhill Cranes (breeding), Marbled Godwits, Western Meadowlarks, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Bobolinks in the open fields. The lake is teeming with waterbirds of every kind, including ducks, American Bittern, Common Loon and Black Tern.
In the wooded acreage, look for Chestnut-sided Warblers and American Redstarts, plus warblers in migration. Look for elk in the surrounding lands; this population now numbers close to 53 animals. Other mammals include Snowshoe Hares, White-tailed Deer and coyote.
Special Tips: Bird list is available at the wildlife headquarters office.
The area showcases all that northwestern Minnesota has to offer--extensive marshland habitats and abundant wildlife. There are several primitive boat launch sites and some gated roads that can be opened with special permission from WMA headquarters staff.
Ownership: MN DNR
Size: 54,957 acres
Closest Town: Middle River
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