Blasdel Waterfowl Production Area (WPA)

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 Blasdel WPA seasonal wetland with Porter Barn in the background.

Blasdel WPA was purchased in 1987. This WPA has several man-made seasonal impoundments as well as a natural Flathead River oxbow remnant. The uplands have been plowed and planted several times over the years with a combination of tame grasses with scattered native shrubs such as hawthorn and chokecherry. The oxbow ponds contain water all year on most years whereas the scattered wetlands are seasonal in nature. With an increase in housing and irrigated farming developments in this area, the water table has been lowered and the wetland low spots no longer hold water past early summer most years.

A word of caution: The historic Porter Barn is located on Blasdel WPA. It was built in 1908 and was heralded as “the largest in the entire valley.” It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Due to its deteriorated condition, it is considered unsafe and is off limits to the visiting public. Unfortunately, the Service does not have the resources to stabilize or restore the barn at this time.  

Please note that Northwest Montana Waterfowl Production Areas are closed to all public access from March 1st to July 15th each year to limit disturbance to nesting birds.  

Learn more about the wetland birds of Blasdel WPA