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Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Following droughts in the 1930s that affected most of North America, major conservation efforts, by both private and governmental entities, were enacted to reverse trends of degrading and disappearing wetlands. During this time period there was a major creation and expansion of federal wildlife refuges and state wildlife areas. As the concept of waterfowl flyway management was endorsed and developed, wildlife areas were acquired and managed as part of a larger plan focused on migratory waterfowl needs. LMWA was one of several wetland-focused wildlife areas established in Oregon. Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area was established in 1949, with primary objectives of protecting and improving waterfowl habitat and providing a public hunting area.

A parking permit is required at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. Permits can be purchased at ODFW License Agents (pdf), at ODFW offices that sell licenses and online.

What to see and do

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Birdwatchers at Ladd Marsh
-Photo by Kathy Munsel, ODFW-

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

New Viewing Platform at Ladd Marsh
-Photo by David Bronson-

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area

Ducks at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area
-Photo by Cathy Nowak, ODFW-

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area features the largest hardstem bulrush marsh remaining in Northeast Oregon. Because this area is intended to protect nesting and migrating waterfowl, public access is limited to viewpoints and a one-mile nature trail, except during hunting season. The best observation points are along Foothill and Peach roads.

A bird checklist (pdf) is available, and group tours can be arranged. A fishing pond is located on the wildlife area.

Nearby: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest offers camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and fishing, as well as a variety of winter activities.

Directions

The wildlife area is located five miles south of La Grande. Take exit 268 off I-84 to Foothill Road.

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Address and Phone

Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area
59116 Pierce Road
La Grande, OR 97850
(541) 963-4954

Friends of Ladd Marsh

The Friends of Ladd Marsh is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting ODFW with enhancement, conservation and public enjoyment of the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.

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