Whitewater WMA

Main Branch Unit




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Game Refuge, South Section

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21,664.3 acres




Minnesota DNR
Whitewater WMA Office
150.3 Hwy 74
Altura, MN 55910

There are numerous parking lots on this huge WMA.

N44 9.182, W92 0.980

N44 9.018, W92 0.407

N44 8.792, W91 59.710

N44 8.961, W91 58.316

N44 9.268, W91 58.234

N44 9.514, W91 58.353

N44 10.276, W92 1.225

N44 10.699, W91 59.782

N44 11.055, W91 59.749


Driving Directions

  Area and County  

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          Wabasha nad Winona Counties  
          Southeast Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


There are numerous DNR management roads within the WMA.




On the game refuge: closed to deer hunting and waterfowl hunting, open to small game hunting, wild turkey hunting, and trapping. Trapping is by permit only.

Everywhere else: Deer, Small Game, Forest Upland Birds, Pheasants, Waterfowl, Turkey, Doves. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province     Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province    
  Ecological Section     Paleozoic Plateau    
  Ecological Subsection    

The Blufflands

Rochester Plateau

  Land Type Associations    

Altura Ridgetops

Elba Slopes

Lewiston Plain

Whitewater River Valley


Native Plant Communities*


(Partial list)

Dry Barrens Prairie (Southern)

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern): Jack Pine Subtype

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern): Oak Subtype

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest

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

Natural Features








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Landscape of Whitewater Game Refuge

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Whitewater MN State Wildlife Mgmt Area
Rich Ryan
  Whitewater MN State Wildlife Mgmt Area  



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Other Videos
  WhiteWater WMA - The Hype
MN-Made Adventures

Oct 30, 2018

This is a tribute to the WhiteWater WMA in Southeast MN. Many generations of memories have been made and many Giant Bucks have fallen here. Follow us as we pursue a Giant and make memories of our own.

Song: Sappheiros - Lights (Vlog No Copyright Music)

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Video Link: https://youtu.be/kzeQK45StRo

  Project Get Outdoors at the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area
Project Get Outdoors

Aug 5, 2021

27,000 acres of near wilderness to explore covering sections of Winona, Wabasha and Olmsted Counties. Check out the Whitewater WMA!







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