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    Ice Fishing

    Ice fishing on a WPA? Can you drive your vehicle on the lake? Find the answer by following the link below.

    Rules and Regulations

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    Habitat Easements

    USFWS offers one-time payments to private landowners for wetlands and grasslands on their properties. Find out how you can receive an offer.

    More about Easements

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    Special Use Permits

    Various activities are allowed on WPAs through Special Use Permits.

    Permits Information

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Waterfowl & Wetlands


Why do ducks need those little wetlands anyway? Find out in this cartoon.

Paddy O'Mallard Cartoon

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2015
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