The hiking trails are open daily, 365 days per year, sunrise to sunset. Trails are open on Federal holidays.
The Visitor Center is open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. It may be open on some Saturdays for special events. It is closed on Federal holidays.
For the Fergus Falls WMD Headquarters
Take I-94 to Otter Tail County Road 82 (Exit 61) and travel north two and a half miles to the headquarters.
To Write: Fergus Falls Wetland Management District 18965 County Highway 82 Fergus Falls, MN 56537
To Call: Phone: (218) 739-2291 Fax: (218) 739-9534 Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District through Minnesota's State Relay System by dialing: 711 1-800-627-3529 (voice, TTY, ASCII)
For the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
Take I-94 to State Highway 210 East (Exit 57) and travel north for one mile. The PWLC is on the right side of the road.
To Write: Prairie Wetlands Learning Center U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 602 State Highway 210 East Fergus Falls, MN 56537-4217
To Call: Phone: (218) 998-4481 Fax: (218) 736-0941
The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District provides quality environmental education for the public at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.
The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is located on State Hwy 210, one mile east of Exit 57 off of Interstate 94. The center houses interpretive exhibits and offers educational programs for both the general public and organized groups. Nearly four miles of trails provide opportunities for wildlife watching, hiking and cross-country skiing. The center is the origin of two established birding trails: the Minnesota River Birding Trail, leading southward through the state; and the northbound Pine-to-Prairie Birding Trail. It is also a Prairie Passage site.
The lands surrounding the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (Townsend WPA) are open to wildlife observation, environmental education and interpretation, photography, hiking and cross-country skiing. It is not open for hunting, fishing or trapping. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on the trails at the PWLC.
When planning a trip to the District, it is important to wear sturdy shoes 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.
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Northern leopard frogs need both prairies and wetlands to complete their life cycle. Listen for their snoring calls in spring breeding ponds. Watch for their long leaps when hiking the trails in late summer.