About the District

Arrowwood Wetland Management District was established in 1961 as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.

The District currently includes 28 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) totaling 6,162 acres across Foster and Eddy counties in east-central North Dakota. Within the District, there also are 314 wetland easements protecting 19,046 acres of wetland habitat, four Farmers Home Administration easements, and one easement Refuge (Johnson Lake National Wildlife Refuge). A brochure and map are available at the headquarters office showing the location of individual units within the District.

The Arrowwood District is part of the Arrowwood NWR Complex. The Complex includes approximately 75,000 acres of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands in a nine-county area of central and eastern North Dakota. In addition to Arrowwood WMD, the following units are also part of the Complex: Chase Lake NWR and WMD, Valley City WMD, and Arrowwood NWR.

WPAs offer many opportunities for wildlife observation, hiking, hunting, photography, winter sports (cross-country skiing), and education and interpretation for organized groups. Wildlife species often observed on the WPAs include waterfowl, upland game birds, songbirds, birds of prey, deer, and numerous fur bearers.