Oak Ridge Lake and National Waterfowl Production Area
At 149 acres, Oak Ridge Lake is a major stopover lake during migration for Tundra and Trumpeter Swans. Many types of ducks, herons and egrets stay here all summer. Mallards, Green and Blue-wing Teal, and Northern Shoveler use the grasslands for nesting and rear their young on the lake. As you drive around the property, look for Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers and Grasshopper and Clay-colored Sparrows, Dickcissels, Willow Flycatchers, Sedge Wrens, Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Long-billed Marsh Wrens. Waterfowl Production Area properties are purchased with the monies hunters spend on federal and state Duck Stamps and are managed for the production and harvest of waterfowl.
Direction: From New Richmond travel north 3.5 miles on Hwy 65, then east 3 miles on 220th Avenue to Oak Ridge Lake.
Gazetteer: Page 71, C-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 40, D-4 (10th edition).
Signature Species: Le Conte’s Sparrow, Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers.
Parking: Parking areas provided.
Nearest food & lodging: New Richmond, six miles southwest.