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Canoeing on McArthur Lake on the McArthur WMA 2018
Wildlife Management Area
McArthur Lake WMA
Before you go

The WMA sits at the narrowest point of the valley between the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain ranges, and many wildlife species use the WMA. The diversity of wildlife and fish species makes McArthur Lake popular with hunters and anglers. The lake provides an enjoyable boating opportunity and some hiking trails located on the north end. The WMA is open year-round for public use.

McArthur Lake WMA
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Location Facts

Primary Purpose: Waterfowl breeding, nesting, migration habitat; hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing

Habitat: Wetlands, riparian, conifer forest

  • 1,891 acres
  • Boundary and Bonner counties
  • Established in 1942
Location Things to Know

Motorized boats are allowed on McArthur Lake, but due to the overall shallow waters of the lake, minimally powered boats are advised.

Black bear and grizzly bear activity is possible in the area. Please use Bear Aware precautions as you recreate.

Access Information

Motorized boats are allowed on McArthur Lake, but due to the overall shallow waters of the lake, minimally powered boats are advised. Black bear and grizzly bear activity is possible in the area. Please use Bear Aware precautions as you recreate.

Overview

Diversity could be another name for the McArthur Lake WMA. Its shallow lake, marshes, and adjacent upland forests and meadows, provide diverse wildlife habitat and a mix of hunting and fishing.

 

Purchased in 1942, the McArthur Lake WMA is one of the oldest WMAs to specifically protect and enhance waterfowl habitat. It provides breeding and nesting habitat for 17 waterfowl species. During the spring and fall migrations, large numbers of ducks, geese, tundra swans, and shorebirds use McArthur Lake as a stopover and resting location.

The WMA sits at the narrowest point of the valley between the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain ranges, and many wildlife species use the WMA. Deer and moose are abundant year-round and elk mostly visit in the winter. Black bears are frequently seen in the spring, and furbearers like muskrat, beaver, and river otter are common. Upland game such as ruffed grouse and turkey also use the WMA.