North Ottawa Impoundment Bird Trail

  • Habitat

    Manmade wetland, mudflat and deeper water habitats may be present depending on snow melt and rains.  Some cells are planted to agricultural crops like corn and soybeans or other crops for wildlife such as millet.

  • Features

    Man-made impoundment designed to reduce flood damage from rains and snow melt.  The impoundment is 3 square miles and divided into a number of cells where water can be managed independently.  Each year, some of the cells are managed to encourage habitat for bird migration.  Public roads are found around the periphery of the site; internal roads should be walked.

  • Best Times to Visit
    May through October
  • Birds to Look For

    At least 17 species of waterfowl including swans, geese, and dabbling and diving ducks; over 13 species of shorebirds, and numerous wading birds including grebes, herons, egrets, cormorants, pelicans and sandhill cranes.  A number of unusual or rare birds have been sighted including glossy and white-faced ibis, king rail, black-necked stilt, upland sandpiper, and American avocet.

  • Area Notes

    Roads in the area may be slippery after rain storms.

  • Photo Gallery