at Madison Wetlands Management District
Visitors can take a walk on the wild side and step into the new visitor center to catch a glimpse of the 15 snow geese circling over head. You can also viewed framed prints donated by nine local South Dakota artists, and observed the fur, skull, track mold, and scat displays. Outside the visitor center, a spotting scope is set up on the observation deck to watch large flocks of pelicans performing a fantastic feeding display, and many species of wildlife using the adjacent marsh.
The Waterfowl Production Areas of the District are popular spots for wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, and picnicking. Limited interpretive facilities are available at the District Headquarters and at the nearby Madison Waterfowl Production Area.
Wildlife observers will find a rich variety of animal and plant life. During migration, large numbers of birdlife can be found. Native prairie grasses, flowers, and other plants can be observed and studied at leisure on many Waterfowl Production Areas.
Hunting, trapping, and fishing are permitted on Waterfowl Production Areas in compliance with State laws. Check with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks for details regarding hunting licenses, season dates, bag limits, etc.
Foot travel is permitted, but use of motorcycles, jeeps, snowmobiles, and other motorized traffic is prohibited, in order to protect wildlife habitat. Camping is not permitted, but adequate facilities can be found in many of the State Parks throughout the District.