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Whooping Cranes in the Slough 512X202The Huron WMD offers many interesting areas to view and photograph wildlife such as these endangered Whooping Cranes. Waterfowl Production areas offer opportunities for wildlife dependent recreation such as: hunting, fishing, trapping, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Huron Wetland Management District (WMD) provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique and diverse wildlife and hunting on the District's Waterfowl Production Areas. The District manages 62 waterfowl production areas (WPAs) in the eight county district totaling 17,594 acres.  The districts WPAs are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife photography, wildlife observation, environmental education, and interpretation. 

The Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA  (MA-HAH-TA-HOP-EE)offers more opportunities for wildlife viewing and photographing wildlife on the accessible nature trail.   

Interpretive events that are listed on the Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi web site often take place on the WPA or in the town of Huron.  A mowed trail is also available for those who want a longer walk.  Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA is located eight mile west of the town of Huron, SD.  The paved trail access is located 1/2 mile north on 392nd Ave. on the west side of the road south of the maintenance shop.

The Huron WMD office is located in the town of Huron.  Physical address is 200 4th St SW, Room 309, Federal Building, Huron, SD  57350.

The Huron WMD maintenance shop is located on the Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA and is eight miles west of the town of Huron, SD  and 3/4 mile north of Highway 14.  The physical address is 20721  392nd Ave. Highway 14 Wolsey, SD.  All mailings should be sent to the Huron WMD office, no mail is delivered to the shop.  Contact us as 605-352-5894 (office) or 605-353-1382 (shop) or e-mail Huronwetlands@fws.gov if you need any additional information.

Regulation of recreational activities allows for public enjoyment of the WPAs while still protecting wildlife and habitats.  See the Public Use Regulations of South Dakota Waterfowl Production areas for a complete list of WPA regulations.

 

Page Photo Credits — Three Whooping Cranes in a Slough © Chris Bailey
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2015
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