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Whitewater Lake is a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA), situated between the towns of Deloraine and Boissevain in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. It is known as a major staging area for waterfowl, shorebirds, and Tundra Swans. Once known as ‘White Lake’ because of its white alkali flats, it has been reported that Whitewater Lake provides habitat for over 110 species of birds as well as over 40 species of other wildlife.
At the east end of the lake, Ducks Unlimited (DU) has constructed a number of dykes, creating basins or wetland cells that attempt to stabilize water levels for nesting and migrating waterfowl.
As a result of the high biodiversity found at Whitewater Lake, it has received a number of designations:
-It is recognized as a Canadian Important Bird Area.
-It is a Manitoba Wildlife Management Area.
-It is recognized as a priority migratory bird habitat of Canadian importance for staging shorebirds and geese.
Birds to see:
Loggerhead Shrike, Brown Thrasher, Swainson’s Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Upland Sandpiper, Cattle Egrets, Orchard Orioles, Great Horned Owl, Gray Partridge, Marbled Godwit, Pied-billed Grebe, and Eared Grebe, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Black Tern, and White-faced Ibis.
From Hwy 10 turn west onto Rd 15N south of Boissevain. Continue 1.6km (1 mile) to a T-junction. Turn left on Rd 116W and drive 1.6km (1 mile), the road will then curve and you will continue westward for 11.2km (7 miles) on Rd 14N. Signs for Whitewater Wildlife Viewing will indicate to turn right and after driving north for 3km (1.8 miles) you will enter the viewing area.
49.247º N 100.301º W
Boissevain and Deloraine, Mantioba
Manitoba Department of Conservation
Daniel Chranowski, Regional Wildlife Manager