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Chase Lake Wetland Management District - Woodworth, North Dakota

The Chase Lake Wetland Management District (WMD) covers Stutsman and Wells Counties in south central North Dakota. The mission of the WMD is to protect wetlands and surrounding grasslands for waterfowl production and other wildlife. Since 1960, the District has acquired 134 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) totaling over 38,800 acres.

The District is located in the famous “Prairie Pothole Region,” the most productive area for breeding waterfowl in North America. The WMD covers two physiographic regions, the Missouri Coteau on the west and Drift Prairie on the east. These areas were formed over 10,000 years ago by retreating and melting glaciers.

Photo of prairie pothole landscape as seen from an airplane - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Photo by Tom Pabian

The Drift Prairie portion features gently rolling topography predominately used for intensive farming and small grain production. The Missouri Coteau features sharply rolling hills with high wetland densities, in some areas up to 100 per square mile. The Missouri Coteau land feature of the Prairie Pothole Region is especially important for waterfowl in the lower 48 states. Not only is this region important for waterfowl, hundreds of thousands of other migratory birds nest and migrate through here as well.

In addition to acquiring WPA lands, the District also protects small wetlands and native grasslands by purchasing conservation easements from landowners. Thousands of acres of wetlands and grasslands are protected by perpetual conservation easements. The District also works with private landowners in developing and restoring valuable wildlife habitat. Technical and cost-share assistance for agricultural and wildlife projects such as grazing systems, wetland restoration and creation, no-till planting, and grass seedings is provided to private landowners.

Chase Lake Wetland Management District
5924 19th St SE
Woodworth, ND 58496

701-752-4218 (voice)*

* Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach the Chase Lake Wetland Management District through Relay North Dakota by dialing:

  • 711
  • 1-800-366-6888 (TTY)
  • 1-800-366-6889 (voice)
  • 1-877-366-3709 (speech to speech)
  • 1-800-435-8590 (Spanish services)

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