Wambach WMA

 

 

     
 
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Wambach Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 1,288-acre reserve in northwestern Minnesota. It consists of two units separated by Santee Prairie SNA. The large 1,209-acre West Unit is a mosaic of mesic prairie, shallow lakes, ponds, large areas of cattail marsh, and various wetlands. The 79-acre East Unit is mostly mesic prairie with some wet prairie and wetlands.

Deer, small game, forest game birds, pheasants, and waterfowl can be hunted here. Small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum), a species of special concern, is found here. A survey in 1994 found 12 Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek), a federally endangered butterfly, on this site. This small butterfly has not been seen in the last 10 years in Minnesota.

There is no wood routed or other sign displaying the name of this Wildlife Management Area.

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

 

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
 

Complete

 

East Unit

 
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West Unit, North Section

  West Unit, Central Section  
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West Unit, South Section

     
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Size

 
 

East Unit: 79 acres

West Unit: 1,209 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is a gate near the intersection of Township Road 184 (170th St.) and Township Road 45 (150th Ave.) that blocks access to the DNR public road and the WMA parking lot. On visits in August and September of 2011 the gate was locked. On visits in August 2013 and August 2016 the gate was unlocked. If the gate is locked, park on the south side of the DNR road near the gate, being careful to avoid blocking the gate.

Gate
N47 23.882, W95 57.287

Parking Lots
N47 23.881, W95 56.569
N47 23.516, W95 56.383

To access the East Unit park on the west shoulder of 170th Ave (Township Road 37).

 
         
 

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          Mahnomen County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Deer, small game, forest game birds, pheasants, and waterfowl. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Flom Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Aspen - (Prairie Herb) Woodland

Mesic Brush-Prairie (Northern)

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh

Northern Rich Fen (Water Track)

Northern Wet Prairie

Prairie Wetland Complex

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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West Unit Entrance

 
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DNR Public Road

 
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Parking Lot

 
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Prairie

 
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Visits

8/16/2011

  8/24/2016            
 
 

Birds

 
 

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

  Bank Swallow  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

One insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Endangered

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

sword-bearing conehead (Neoconocephalus ensiger)

  sword-bearing conehead  
 

Mammals

 
 

One mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

moose (Alces americanus)

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

Special Concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - (Prairie Herb) Woodland FDw34a

Mesic Brush-Prairie (Northern) UPn23a

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh MRn83

Northern Rich Fen (Water Track) OPn91

Northern Wet Prairie WPn53

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

     
 

 

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

purple-stem aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

 

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum (purple-stem aster)

     

 

 

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Rare butterfly

A survey in 1994 found 12 Poweshiek skipperlings on this site. However, that species has not been seen in Minnesota since a possible sighting in 2012. It is presumed extirpated in the state.


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