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The Lauder Sandhills Wildlife Management Area is located in the southwest corner of Manitoba, in the Aspen Parkland Eco region. Sand dunes and rolling hills are found through the central portion of the area, and flat terrain with aspen forests and open grasslands are located towards the area’s periphery. Most of the sand has been stabilized by mixed-grass prairie type species, but areas of open sand do occur. Oaks tend to dominate the hillcrests, while aspen and dense stands of hazel are found in depressions and on north-facing slopes. Shrubs such as chokecherry, juniper, ground cedar and saskatoon are found throughout the area. Designated vehicle routes have been established to minimize the impact of vehicles on the fragile terrain.
Birds to see:
Orange-crowned Warblers, Sprague’s Pipit, Loggerhead Shrike, Ferruginous Hawk, Baird’s Sparrow, Burrowing Owl, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse. Five species of woodpeckers and seven species of flycatchers have also been observed in the area.
From Highway 2 take Highway 21 south until you reach the town of Hartney. Highway 21 makes a curve east around Hartney, instead of taking this curve continue south on a gravel road. You will immediately come to a stop sign – turn west (right) and travel 6.4 km (4 miles) to a “T” in the road. At the “T” go south (left) for 1.6 km (1 mile) and head west (right) for 3.2 km (2 miles). Continue west and you will begin driving through the Sandhills. Multiple trails on both sides of the road are accessible.
To access the Lauder Sandhills from Highway 3 take Highway 21 north to Highway 345. Turn west (left) on Highway 345 and continue for 8 km (5 miles) and turn north (3rd right hand turn), continue north for 6.4 km (4 miles) and turn west (2nd left hand turn). Head west for 3.2 km (2 miles) and you will start driving through the Sandhills. Multiple trails on both sides of the road are accessible.
49° 29N -100° 31’0W
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