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Town Of Wadena
Wadena Location: 7km S of Wadena on Hwy 35 (to Wetlands sign), then 9km W to marsh.
Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails
Due to High Water levels of the Quill Lakes and the flooding of the access road; the main observation towers and trails are not accessible at this time.The Wadena Wildlife Wetlands are part of the Quill Lakes International Bird Area and the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve (designated in 1994). This area is an important staging site for over 800,000 shorebirds and waterfowl annually. It supports a breeding colony of white pelicans, Canada's largest population of the endangered piping plover, and many other birds including coots, American avocets, short-eared owls, sedge wrens, marbled godwits, willets, and black crowned night herons.The wetlands feature seven trails that total 4.9km. The interpretive trails travel along the shores of the Wadena Wetlands, Jesmer Marsh, Little Quill Lake and Milligan Creek Marsh. Two large viewing towers and several observation platforms offer outstanding birdwatching opportunities with the optimum viewing times being May/Jun and Aug/Sep/Oct.A feeding station is operational between mid-Aug to Sep 30. A canoe lauch, washrooms, picnic sites and boardwalks are open from spring through fall. Due to recent higher water levels, visitors are advised to check with the Wadena Town Office before visiting the area in 2014.

Open Year Round

Trail Stats

  • Length : 4.9km
  • Difficulty : Beginner to intermediate
  • Surface : Natural terrain, boardwalks
  • Environment : Aspen Parkland Ecoregion - grassland, wetland marsh, migratory bird staging area
  • Trailhead GPS : 51.9108N,-103.8904W

Trail Activities

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Birdwatching

Additional Trail Information

  • Backcountry
  • No admission charge
  • Parking at trailhead
  • Pit toilet
  • Picnic area
  • Trail markers
  • Interpretive signs at trailhead
  • Interpretive signs enroute
  • Self-guided nature trail
  • Viewing platform(s)
  • Canoeing
  • Warm-up shelter(s)