SOURIS RIVER BEND
Souris River Bend
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Souris River Bend Wildlife Management Area
This Souris River Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA) contains one of the most extensive areas of natural vegetation in southwestern Manitoba. The scenic landscape includes a significant tract of riparian woodlands and undisturbed mixed-grass prairie. Previously cultivated portions of the WMA were reseeded to permanent cover or forage and some tree planting was undertaken. To protect sensitive habitats, vehicles are restricted to designated trails.
The WMA provides essential habitat for neo-tropical birds, grassland birds and white-tailed deer. Elk, moose and mule deer are occasionally seen in this area as well. There are excellent birding opportunities here, which can also be enjoyed by canoeing through the WMA along the Souris River when water levels permit. Rugged valley walls adorned with shale cliffs and splendid river vistas are part of the splendour. The landscape and wildlife can be experienced from horseback as well, along the trail system developed and maintained in cooperation with a provincial equestrian organization.
Birds to see:
Migrating waterfowl, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Savannah Sparrow, Red-Eyed Vireo, Turkey Vulture.
From No. 23 highway turn north at the village of Margaret on Provincial Road 346. This road turns into a gravel road which you will follow for about six miles down into the valley. Just north of where “McKellar’s Bridge” (an old steel bridge) that will allow you to cross over the Souris River, you will a designated trail system that crosses the large tract of native praire at the south end of the wildlife managment area. This trail leads to several scenic overlooks and to a ford crossing that give access to Lang’s Valley, a locally well-known site.
N49º 27.626′ W99º 50.892′
Mantioba Wildlife Branch
Box 24, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 3W3