Dike repair at Roseau River WMA will limit access on Pool 2

(Released September 18, 2013)

Due to a slump in the Pool 2 dike at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in northwestern Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lowering water levels in the pool to conduct repairs.

A weak spot in the dike was discovered on Sept. 3. Emergency repairs have temporarily stabilized the slump and the DNR anticipates that repair work will continue throughout the fall.

Pool 2 will remain open to public hunting; however, water levels are presently 2 feet below normal and will remain at this level to facilitate repairs of the dike.

Waterfowl hunters should note that while the lower water levels are attractive to ducks and geese using the pool, access to certain portions of the pool will be challenging.

“Boaters will be able to get down the borrow ditch adjacent to the dike,” said Randy Prachar, wildlife supervisor for the Roseau River WMA. “The difficulty will be navigating the lower water levels in the bays of the pool.”

Prachar suggests waterfowl hunters consider lightening up their gear, bringing a push pole, oars and recognizing that using an outboard motor in the bays will be difficult.

Hunters should call the WMA office at 218-463-1130 for updated information on the condition of Pool 2 and for general hunting information.

For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov/wmas.