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Huron WMD Entrance Sign on Maga Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area

The Huron Wetland Management District (WMD) office is headquartered in Huron, South Dakota, which is located in east-central South Dakota. From I-90, follow Highway 37 (exit 330) north to Huron (approx. 50 miles). Highway 37 changes into Dakota Avenue once you are in the Huron city limits. Follow Dakota Avenue to Fourth Street SW and turn west. The District office is located in the Federal Building (four story building) on the south side of the street, Room 309. 

 

The Huron WMD shop is located on the Maga Ta-Hohpi Waterfowl Production Area which lies about 8 miles west of the town of Huron or 6 miles SE of the town of Wolsey, SD.  Shop is located 3/4 mile north of the intersection of Highway 14 and 392nd Ave.  Physical address is 20721  392nd Ave. Highway 14, Wolsey, SD

 

 

  • Hunting

    Two young hunters on Maga Ta-Hohp Waterfowl production area with one duck

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

    As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.  For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support.

    Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System.

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Huron Wetland Management District, contact the refuge manager or refer to the South Dakota Waterfowl Production Areas Public Use Regulations flier.

  • Fishing

    The Huron WMD has limited fishing availability on the district WPAs.  Most wetlands on the WPAs are shallow and more conducive for waterfowl production than fishing. Better fishing and camping opportunities exist on the State Game Fish and Parks owned properties

     

    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities.  Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System.  Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.

     

    For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at a national wildlife refuge soon.  Find more information with our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge.  

       

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Two young observers overlooking Marsh on Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest national wildlife refuge!  From birding to whale watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors.

    From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds.  The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.  Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA has interpretive signage and a paved hiking trail. Dogs are permitted for hunting, but must be kept on a leash for other uses when visiting WPAs in order to minimize wildlife disturbance. For a complete list of wildlife found in the Huron WMD you can consult the brochure Huron WMD Wildlife List. For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at the Huron WMD please contact the Huron WMD refuge Manager (605) 352-5894.

  • Interpretation

    Three paneled Kiosk Maga Ta-Hohpi located off Highway 14

    Refuge System interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world.  From self-guided walks to ranger-led programs, many national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.

    In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs to audiences, refuges use a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors.  Printed and virtual information is often available on many topics, including plants and animals, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.

    Through Refuge System interpretation programs, you can learn why nearly all of the critically endangered Whooping Cranes spend the winter at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, about the beneficial role of wildfire to encourage native vegetation to grow at Necedah Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and thousands of other interesting and informative stories.  Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA has interpretive signage and a paved and mowed grass hiking trail.  Interpretive activities are often done in coordination with the Huron WMD Friends Group, Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA 

  • Environmental Education

    Friends Group leads walk during Winter Wonderland Outreach event

    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources.  Many refuges offer environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.  Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities.  Thousands of youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of a particular national wildlife refuge?  Contact or visit the Huron WMD 605-352-5894 to check on program availability.  Refuges are wild places, and we want to teach you more about them!  The Huron WMD Friends Group offers many interpretive programs throughout the year.  Please go to the events and Programs page on the Friends of Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA web page for the current list of educational events.

  • Photography

    Photographer sitting on bench taking photo on Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes.  Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

Page Photo Credits — Entrance sign for Huron Wetland Management District, Sandy Uecker/USFWS, Two young hunters with one blue winged teal on Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA, Chuck Pyle/ USFWS, Two children overlooking marsh with spotting scope and binoculars on Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA.  Clarke Dirks/USFWS, Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA interpretive Kiosk located off Highway 14, Sandy Uecker/ USFWS, Winter environmental education class led by Friends Group President Frank Amundson, USFWS, Woman taking photo while sitting on bench on Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA walking trail.  Bridgette Flanders-Wanner/ USFWS
Last Updated: May 02, 2014
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