Plan Your Visit


Directions, Address & Contact Info
The office is located in the west central portion of Minnesota with lands located in Becker, Clay, Mahnomen, Norman, and Polk Counties. It is 2 miles north of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, via Hwy 59 North, then 1 mile east on CR 131, at 1732 North Tower Road, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501. Contact 218-847-4431 or e- mail:

Point of Interest
Headquarters trail is a 1.5 mile hiking trail that includes grasslands and wildflowers with wildlife viewing opportunities.

The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District participates in Minnesota’s first birding trail “Pine to Prairie Birding Trail”. The trail includes a unique collection of habitats that provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. The trail is over 200 miles in length with 45 sites to view birds. 

Helliksen Prairie Waterfowl Production Area, located in northwest Becker County is a special remnant wet prairie where you can observe wildflowers and grassland birds including greater prairie chickens.

Zillmer/Felton Prairie is located on the Lake Agassiz Beach Ridge and offers stunning views of the Red River Valley below. It is a mix of wet and dry remnant and restored prairie.

Know Before You Go
Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District serves five counties with Waterfowl Production Areas. For further information visitors should stop by the wetlands office located at 1732 North Tower Road, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The office is open Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., phone 218-847-4431 or TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

When planning a trip to the Waterfowl Production Areas, it is important to wear appropriate footwear for land excursions and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable.