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Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Stony Mountain

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Oak Hammock Marsh consists of approximately 20km2 of open marsh, and a slightly smaller area of surrounding woods and grasslands. The total Wildlife Management Area is 36 sq km. It is located approximately 20 km directly north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, near the town of Stonewall, Manitoba in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood.Oak Hammock Marsh is listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, and is also a globally significant Important Bird Area.HistoryThe marsh is a remnant of an originally 470 sq km area of marsh and fen near the south-western corner of Lake Winnipeg. This larger marsh had the original English name of St. Andrews Bog. But the original wetland underwent drainage for agricultural purposes beginning in 1897, and by the early 1960s all but 60 ha had been drained. Measures to restore a portion of the wetland began in 1967 when the Governments of Manitoba and Canada embarked on a cooperative program with Ducks Unlimited Canada and other wildlife conservation organizations to restore marginal agricultural lands to a state suitable for wildlife.By 1974, 3,450 ha of land had been purchased and 22 km of dykes built to trap and hold water in three dyke-separated marsh compartments. In addition, 58 nesting islands were constructed within the three compartments. In 1984, the Manitoba government signed a further development agreement with Ducks Unlimited Canada to construct water control structures, water supply works, more nesting islands, additional dykes, and create a fourth compartment.
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  • This is a place you can visit with family and kids, there are a lots of educational activities at the centre, the most atractive points for me are the trailes in the marsh land, you can chose long or ...  more »
  • I love visiting the center winter and summer. There is a nice little cafe on the second floor so you can munch your favorite food and look out over the marsh. A hidden gem in this area!  more »
  • Spent a full day for a meeting. The lunch provided by the restaurant was very good. The view from the meeting room and observation area. I know I will be back.  more »
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  • An amazing place. Every time we go there, there is something new to see and experience. Even if it rains. The staff guides are very enthusiastic and helpful. They also appear to like the place. Thank you. PS: Set a Web cam that could be controlled over the Internet. Many more young people could also experience the place, and be amazed watching the thousands of birds taking off for their journey.
  • Hit the right time (sunrise or sunset) between September 10 and freeze up,....and you will be "AWED" . However, they are right on the edge of over overdevelopment. 35 years ago,as a young man, I used to go out there, before development and it was a bit better,...just a few roads. more variety of wildlife..saw foxes ,coyotes ,raptors galore, owls, and dozens of different types of migratory game birds, and herons,cranes , eagles , every time, you name it. Exit out the north end road and drive by the Bison ranch, that can be awesome too. But this place is a must see and I still go out there 2,3, or 4 times per year.....I take a picnic lunch and some binoculars and enjoy. Please, remember folks , there are no street sweepers out there,...take you Garbage with you, leave the environs as you found it. Enjoy Gods handiwork.
  • A great winter experience led by good staff at the interpretive centre. Snowshoeing, sling shot hunting, bannock making and baking on an open fire, voyageur dress up and games, learning about the beaver and its importance to the development of Canada as we know it today.
  • Great venue for functions. Kids loved all the learning stations and displays. We had an office/family Christmas gathering here and it was a great time
  • Great place to visit and do photography, both summet and winter