The manmade impoundment is an excellent spring migration habitat for waterfowl and other waterbirds. It is designed and built to reduce flooding on downstream urban areas, agricultural lands, and legal ditch systems. The impoundment project also provides natural resource and water quality enhancements, and areas of permanent open water pools and marsh wetlands.
The northwest access is along Polk County Highway #19 (paved road), and the southwest access is along a gravel surface township road (140th St. SW). Park at the gates and walk along the berm to view birds. A kiosk is located near NW access site.
A diversity of waterfowl and grebes including Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck and Horned Grebe. A variety of songbirds such as Bobolinks and Yellow-headed blackbirds. Also hawks, Sharp-tailed grouse, waders, and Bald Eagles can be seen.
Owned and managed by Red Lake Watershed District. Best driving on the north and south ends of the impoundment. Best water conditions at the north and southwest ends of the impoundment. Note that a portion of the impoundment is open to hunters in fall but hunters need to contact the Watershed District for access. Mammals that may be seen include otters, beaver, mink, deer, and occasional black bear. Nearest towns – Euclid – 1 mile (limited services) & Crookston – 14 miles (full services)