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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  • When we lived in Winnipeg, we often went there to relax. This time when we were back in town, we made sure to set aside few hours to visit. We weren’t disappointed. There were a few groups of geese we...  more »
  • Wonderful place to spend the day walking around among birds and marshland. Long distance viewers are provided for free in key locations. You can also canoe around the lakes and see everything even clo...  more »
  • I wish I lived in the Winnipeg area so I could go to this wonderful place everyday. We love bird watching and this is the place to do it. The centre has great displays and the staff is friendly . From...  more »
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  • Tour guide was patient in dealing with the children. I enjoyed the snow showing and making Bannock. A day well spent.
  • Wonderful educational programs, displays and activities for all ages. Great restaurant very reasonably priced, with a fabumous view of the marsh. Some incredible tall grass prairies on the west side full of native wildflowers & grasses.
  • It's definitely a fun place to go as a kid, with all the fun activities that they offer but as you get older, it's not as fun. It is a great place to go to see cute animals or to take in the view and get some nice photos though.
  • Great learni g experience had by all that were in the group
  • Fascinating place. Saw a video on frogs, extremely interesting. A great interactive place for adults and children.
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