A few intrepid deer hunters in fall and skiers in winter are just about the only people who visit this Wilderness. A thickly forested swamp with surface water and biting insects, it bears signs of past human influence, such as old logging roads and saw-razed stumps from strip cutting of cedar trees. Swamp conifers, aspens, and white cedars have returned to the region, with red and jack pines standing in its drier areas. Flat to gently rolling, Delirium Wilderness was smoothed by glaciers, which carved six-acre Delirium Pond. Only 300 feet of elevation separate the area's high point from the low point. The headwaters of the Pine and Waiska Rivers are in the swamp, providing habitat for waterfowl (ducks, loons, herons, and cranes) and small fur-bearing species. Black bears commonly roam the area and rabbits hop through here. There are no established trails, so making your way through these northern wetlands can be physically uncomfortable.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Delirium Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.