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Rock Lake, located in the Pembina Valley, is a beautiful setting for wildlife viewing . The lake is a game bird refuge established to protect waterfowl, upland game birds and their habitat. The refuge includes the lake, shoreline and an area extending 45.7 metres (50 yards) around its periphery. Throughout the uplands surrounding Rock Lake, many of the roadsides and ditches are filled with wildflowers among the native grasses. These uplands are speckled with grass-ringed sloughs, aspen bluffs and other pockets of native habitat. Rock Lake is only one body of water in this lengthy chain of lakes. The most northerly is Bone, followed by Overend, Pelican, Lorne, Louise and then Rock Lake. The final lake in the chain is Swan Lake, located further east.
Birds to see:
Song Sparrows, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, American White Pelican, Lesser Scaup, Ruffed Grouse, Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Yellowthroat, Mallard, Gadwall, Ruddy Duck Great Blue Heron.
From Pilot Mound, go 19 km (11.8 miles) west on PR 253. When PR 253 makes an abrupt turn north, turn off the paved road and go south 1.9 km (1.2 miles).
N49º 12.508’ W99º 7.978’
Cartwright, Pilot Mound and Mather, Manitoba
Cartwright Community Development Corporation