The Morris Wetland Management District is located in west-central Minnesota, and includes lands in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, and Yellow Medicine Counties. The district headquarters is located at 43875 230th Street, Morris, MN 56267, 4 miles east of Morris, MN on the side of County Highway 10. Contact us at 320-589-1001.
Visitors are welcome to stop by the district office located at 43875 230th Street, Morris, MN 56267. The office is open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Inside, you will find various interpretive and educational displays, viewing platforms, and additional information on how you can enjoy the district. Outside, on the Edwards Waterfowl Production Area we have a 3.5 mile auto tour, a 1.1 mile interpretive hiking trail, a 0.1 mile paved trail, and a photography blind. The auto tour is open daily from dawn to dusk, from the time the snow melts in spring through mid-October. Photographers can use the photo blind during daylight hours on a first-come basis.Another popular destination on the district is Froland Waterfowl Production Area, located 15 miles east of the office on County Road 10. There we have a 1.7 mile interpretive trail that exposes hikers to a variety of native habitat types, including prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands, which were historically found throughout west-central Minnesota. An accessible trail leads to an observation platform with spotting scopes overlooking a large wetland.Each of our 245 waterfowl production areas offer opportunities for outdoor recreation. A handful of waterfowl production areas allow visitors to experience the tallgrass prairie and the prairie pothole region as it once existed. In particular, Rothi Waterfowl Production Area in Big Stone County (8 miles east of Ortonville, Minnesota at the intersection of Odessa Township roads 122 and 64) allows visitors to hike on 1,235 acres of grasslands and wetlands in a landscape containing some of the best waterfowl breeding habitat in Minnesota.
When planning a trip to the district, it is important to bring and use the appropriate gear for your planned activities. District lands are open year-round, and recreation opportunities abound. You should consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, maps, sunscreen, insect repellent, pertinent regulations and anything else that might make your outdoor experience more enjoyable in the season you plan to visit. Also, be aware that road conditions vary. Many roads to waterfowl production areas are surfaced with gravel and some are “Minimum Maintenance” roads that are often not passable without a 4-wheel drive vehicle. For specific road condition information, please contact the district office at 320-589-1001.
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This is our most common nesting duck. Look carefully to spot it – blue-winged teal are one of our smallest ducks, and they like to feed and rest along the edges of shallow wetlands.