Tamarac Wilderness

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Tamarac Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Tamarac Wilderness
Map showing the location of Tamarac Wilderness
Location Becker County, Minnesota, United States
Nearest city Elbow Lake, Minnesota
Coordinates 47°04′15″N 095°35′43″W / 47.07083°N 95.59528°W / 47.07083; -95.59528Coordinates: 47°04′15″N 095°35′43″W / 47.07083°N 95.59528°W / 47.07083; -95.59528
Area 2,180 acres (9 km2)
Established 1976
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Tamarac Wilderness is a 2,180-acre (9 km2) wilderness area in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Established by the United States Congress in 1976, Tamarac Wilderness is composed primarily of small lakes, wooded potholes, bogs and marshes.[1] The wilderness consists of four sections of the 42,724-acre (173 km2) Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge: three islands in Tamarac Lake totaling about 65 acres (0 km2) in the southwest section, and more than 2,180 acres (9 km2) in the northwest corner.[2]


Much of the wilderness is forested with white pine, maple, red oak, birch, and elm, with an under story of hazelbrush. Portions of the area were logged in the early years of the twentieth century and contain second growth aspen. On the lower, wetter sites of the wilderness, ash, balsam poplar, tamarack, and spruce are common.[1]


A variety of wildlife can be found in the Tamarac Wilderness, including bald eagle, osprey, black bear, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, otter, porcupine, fox, beaver, coyote, and timber wolf, as well as numerous passerine birds.[1][2] Fish found in Tamarac Lake include northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, and yellow perch.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Tamarac Wilderness Area - GORP
  2. ^ a b c Tamarac Wilderness - Wilderness.net

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