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Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District

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26624 North Tower Road
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-7959
Phone: 218-847-4431
Fax: 218-847-4156
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

Physical Address:

26624 North Tower Rd
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501


To reach the district headquarters from the junction of U.S. Highways 10 and 59 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, proceed north two miles on Hwy. 59 to Tower Road (County Road 139). Turn east on Tower Road and travel approximately one mile. The office is on the north side of the road.

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Mission (Abstract)

The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District is one of five wetland districts managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in western Minnesota. The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District manages hundreds of federally owned Waterfowl Productions Areas (WPAs) in Becker, Clay, Mahnomen, Norman and Polk Counties. These "jewels on the prairie" are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a system of lands where wildlife comes first. It's not just wildlife that love Waterfowl Production Areas, these lands are open to certain types of wildlife dependent recreation. If you are able to visit a WPA, we hope you will enjoy your time spent on these unique lands developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem.

Additional Organization Description

Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District is located in northwest Minnesota and includes the counties of Becker, Clay, Mahnomen, Norman, and Polk - an area of approximately 6,000 square miles. The district is divided into three general landscape areas, roughly equal in size. From west to east, these are: the Red River Valley floodplain, the glacial moraine/prairie pothole region, and the hardwood/coniferous forest.


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Dates Year Round Availability Office hours at the headquarters office is 7:30am-4:00pm. Use of the trail is from sunup to sundown Additional Information Attraction Accessible to Disabled

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