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Duck Mountain is but one area ( 651,945 acres ) which is part of a series of western Manitoba highlands collectively called the Manitoba escarpment. The highlands all share a common shale core, which was deposited between 60 to 130 million years ago, under a shallow salt water sea. Subsequent uplifting and erosion created the highlands and valleys of the Manitoba escarpment. Around 12,000 years ago the vestiges of the last ice age were receeding from the Duck Mountain area. What was left behind was up to to 260 metres of glacial drift on top of this shale core. These glacial drift deposits account for the hilly terrain that characterizes "the Ducks".

Glacial meltwater filled the depressions and potholes to form the lakes of Duck Mountain. Many smaller lakes filled in with vegetation to form black spruce bogs. Other lakes were fed by freshwater springs and rainwater, and remained clear. Some of these lakes are up to 60 metres deep. Today a variety of native and stocked fish species are found in the lakes. They include brook, speckled, rainbow, brown and lake trout, artic char, splake, muskellunge, walleye, northern pike, perch and whitefish. Snow meltwater and rainwater drains off the escarpment sourcing the rivers and lakes in the surrounding lowland valleys. During spring melt, many of these rivers are raging torrents, while mid-summer they are dry riverbeds.

Duck Mountain is covered by boreal forest, comprised of a mixture of white spruce, jack pine, balsam fir and deciduous trees such as aspen and birch. The ground cover is made up of bearberry, wintergreen, clubmoss and sarsaparilla. Poorly drained areas host stands of black spruce mixed with tamarack. The tamarack are easily identified as their needles turn yellow and are shed in the fall. The eastern slopes of Duck Mountain support deciduous forests containing bur oak, elm and Manitoba maple. The upland meadows located in the drainage basins of the Roaring and Shell rivers are fringed with chokecherry, saskatoon, and snowberry shrubs
Duck Mountain supports a wide variety of animals such as elk, moose, white-tailed dear, black bear, fox, lynx, coyote and timber wolf. A large variety of birds inhabit the marshes and woodlands. The history of humans in the Duck Mountain area is not that well known. Early explorers and traders used it as a source of furs. Trading forts were constructed in the area, with the first being Fort Dauphin, built prior to 1750. Between 1800 and 1875 salt was produced by evaporating spring water in the lowlands to the east of the park. At the beginning of the 1900's, Duck Mountain became a source of timber. Farmers from the surrounding lowlands would log during the winter. With portable mills in the mountain, and permanent sawmills in Grandview and Swan River, logging was the area's first major industry.