Bradwell National Wildlife Area

Bradwell National Wildlife Area (NWA) lies in the moist mixed grass eco-region, about 48 kilometres (km) southeast of Saskatoon.


This 128 hectares (ha) site includes a system of managed wetlands connected by dykes, ditches, and water control structures to a canal supplied by Lake Diefenbaker 100 km south-west of site. Upland habitats include idled hayfields of smooth brome and alfalfa, as well as dense nesting cover, and a few groves of trembling aspen.

Bradwell NWA. Photo: D. Henderson

The protected wetlands and grasslands of the NWA provide nesting habitat for several species of shorebirds, songbirds, hawks and waterfowl, which include:

  • redheads
  • canvasbacks

Mammals observed in the area:

  • ground squirrels
  • coyotes
  • deer
Piping plover
Piping plover

In 1967, the Lake Diefenbaker reservoir on the South Saskatchewan River was being constructed. This resulted in the loss of wetland habitat. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) was involved in several projects to help improve wetland habitat. One project involved the supply of water to marshes at the Bradwell site. A landscape otherwise losing wetland habitats to agriculture, DUC’s project helped guarantee a water supply through years of drought. Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) cooperated in the venture by first purchasing the property. Secondly, operating lure crops and bait stations on site to reduce waterfowl damage to crops on adjacent agricultural lands. The lure crops and bait stations have subsequently been decommissioned. Agricultural practices and waterfowl populations in the region have changed and made the former practices unnecessary.

More information is provided on Bradwell NWA in the summary table below.


Under the Canada Wildlife Act, NWAs are protected and managed in accordance with the Wildlife Area Regulations. The primary purpose of NWAs is to protection and conserve wildlife and their habitat. For this purpose and according to the legislation, all activities in a NWA that could interfere with the conservation of wildlife can be prohibited. Consequently, most NWAs are not accessible to the public and all activities are prohibited. However, some activities may be authorized through public notice or the issuance of permits as long as they are consistent with the management plan goals for the NWA. For more information, consult the NWAs Management and Activities section.

Access to Bradwell NWA is not restricted and activities may be permitted in accordance with the conservation objectives of the NWA management plan. The management of Bradwell NWA focuses on water level manipulation to achieve the goal of sustaining wetland habitats for wildlife through natural periods of drought or dry weather. Upland cover is managed by CWS. Maintenance of water level control structures is co-managed with DUC’s. Certain activities are allowed in the NWA by permits or public notices posted at access points, including some bird watching and waterfowl hunting

More information on access and permitting for Bradwell NWA can be obtained by contacting the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional offices.

Map of the area

Map of Bradwell NWA
  • Long description

    Map showing an area in central Saskatchewan. The boundaries of Bradwell NWA are indicated. The wildlife area is located south of Bradwell and south-west of the Bradwell Reservoir. The protected area is nearly rectangular and covers, in-full or in-part, several small bodies of water. The scale on the map is in km. Permanent water, intermittent water, roads and highways are all indicated on the map. A small inset national map situates the NWA in Canada.

This map is for illustrative purposes only and should not be used to define legal boundaries.

Summary table

Protected Area designation NWA
Province/Territory Saskatchewan
Latitude/Longitude 51°54' North / 106°15' West
Size 123 ha
Reason for creation of protected area For the protection of wetlands as nesting habitat for waterfowl
Date created (Gazetted) 1968 – Legal Description
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Management Category Habitat/Species Management Area – (IV)
Additional designation None
Keystone or flagship species


Main habitat type
  • Wetland (30%)
  • Grassland (68%)
  • Woodland (2%)
Listed species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) None recorded
Invasive species
  • smooth brome
  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • sweet clover
  • quack grass
  • alfalfa
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Main threats and challenges

Agricultural land uses in the watershed that affect water quantity and quality in the recipient marshes, including those in the NWA.

Alien invasive species altering the structure of upland cover that may reduce the abundance of some wildlife.

Management agency Environment and Climate Change Canada (Canadian Wildlife Services)
Public access and usage
  • Some bird watching
  • Hunting by permits or public notices only

Note: If there is a discrepancy between the information presented on this web page and any notice posted at the NWA site, the notice prevails as it is the legal instrument authorizing the activity.

Contact us

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Prairie Northern Region
Canada Wildlife Service
Protected Areas and Stewardship
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 0X4

Toll-free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)

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