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Rules and Regulations

The waterfowl production area and non-toxic shot sign in front of the background the the prairie and mountainsIf you have questions regarding the rules and regulations or are in doubt about a specific activity, please contact the Wetland Management District headquarters at 406-727-7400. 

Waterfowl Production Areas in the Benton Lake Wetland Management District are open year round. Acceptable outdoor uses include: hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation. Make sure to observe all District regulations, posted boundary signs, no hunting zones, closed areas, and additional site-specific regulations.

 

Hunting

All Waterfowl Production Areas, except the Sands and H2-O WPAs, are open to migratory game bird hunting, upland game bird hunting, big game hunting, and trapping in accordance with Montana state regulations and seasons. Be sure to observe posted boundary signs, no hunting zones, closed areas, and additional site-specific regulations.


• Hunters must use non-toxic shot. Hunters may not possess or use toxic (lead) shotgun shells while on WPAs
• Hunters may not use or possess alcohol while hunting on WPAs
• Hunting blinds must be removed at the end of each day

• Walk-in access only




 

Fishing

Fishing is permitted in accordance with state and federal regulations. Walk-in access only.


 

Hiking

Hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are permitted on Waterfowl Production Areas. Dogs must remain on leash except during hunting season.


 

Bicycling

Bicycles must remain on roads that are open to motorized vehicles.



 

Boating

Non-motorized boats are permitted on Waterfowl Production Areas. Arod WPA is the only WPA that allows the use of motorized boats.


 

Motorized Vehicle Use

All motorized vehicle use is limited to designated roads. Off-road vehicle use is strictly prohibited. Visitors are encouraged to use designated parking areas where provided.


 

Prohibited Activities

Examples of prohibited activities include:


• Off-road vehicle use
• Equestrian use
• Dogs off-leash, except during hunting season
• The use of motorized watercraft (except on Arod WPA)
• Camping or overnight use (except in designated areas on Arod WPA)
• Open fires (except in designated areas on Arod WPA)
• Littering
• Picking or destroying flowers, shrubs, or any other living vegetation
• Collecting of plants, animals, antler sheds, minerals, and artifacts

 

 

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2013
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