Major construction work on the hiking trails at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC) in Fergus Falls resumes this month with completion planned for this summer.
Paved trails will be temporarily closed to the general public. All other trails will be open. The visitor center will remain open for business Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
“We expect asphalt work to begin on May 28. The tentative completion date is June 14,” stated Neil Powers, manager of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District
All asphalt sidewalks will be removed and replaced with new asphalt, including those adjacent to the parking lot and extending to the front entrances of the visitor center and dormitory. The paved Mallard Marsh Trail will also be replaced.
“Educational programming will continue as scheduled with slight modifications,” Powers added. A temporary footpath will be mowed from the parking lot to the front doors for use during that time.
When using the parking lot, drivers should watch for signs and avoid areas where equipment is operating and supplies are being stored. Visitors with special access needs are advised to call the visitor center in advance for accommodations, 218-998-4480.
For daily updates on trail closures, visitors can check maps posted at the visitor center and at the North Country Trail near Highway 210 and at Goose Drive, or call the visitor center at 218-998-4480.
Trail work completed last summer included replacement and upgrading six water control structures and culverts associated with trails that lay between wetlands, and raising low trails prone to flooding.
Hiking trails are open sunrise to sunset, daily. The visitor center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. It is closed Federal holidays.
The Prairie Wetland Learning Center (PWLC) is comprised of 330 acres of wetlands and prairies and includes a visitor center with classrooms, exhibit hall, and dining area, plus four miles of trails and 28 wetlands. It is located on State Highway 210 East, south of Fergus Falls, one mile from exit 57 off I-94. For more information, call (218) 998-4480, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/fergus_falls_wmd or find the PWLC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrairieWetlands.
About Prairie Wetland Center
The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is part of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).
The Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the over 568-million-acres, which encompasses over 560 National Wildlife Refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.
It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. For more information, visit www.fws.gov.