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Mud Goose WMA
This state owned wildlife management area consists of a large complex of wetlands and forest within the boundary of the Chippewa National Forest. The Leech Lake River passes through marshy, shrub swamp, peatland forest and 2 lakes, Mud Lake and Goose Lake.
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Moose Willow WMA
Description: This wildlife management area in northern Aitkin County offers diverse upland and lowland habitats.

Expansive areas of marsh with emergent vegetation and shrub swamp intersperse with cedar swamp and lowland brush. Scattered within this wetland complex are islands of aspen and northern hardwood. Two wetland impoundments provide open water and areas of wild rice.

Wildlife to Watch: Nesting waterfowl include Trumpeter swan, Canada goose, ring-necked duck, mallard, wood duck and black tern.

The diversity of habitats translates into a high diversity of songbirds of open, shrub and forest habitat. This might be a good area to look for golden-winged warbler.

The area offers a rare opportunity for seeing moose and wolf.

Special Tips: Area is managed and open to hunting. Area might be best accessed by canoe or small boat

Ownership: MN DNR 
Size: 16,946 acres 
Closest Town: Hill City

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Trumpeter Swan Brood - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The main access to the area is located 3 miles south on Hwy 169 - Go 1.5 mile east E. on 640th Lane (Wiedeger Forest Road).

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Moose Willow WMA : Wildlife Viewing Area