Visitor Activities

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Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) offer many opportunities for wildlife observation, hiking, hunting, photography, winter sports (cross-country skiing & snowshoeing) and education and interpretation for organized groups. Walk in access is permitted year-round though vehicle use is prohibited.

  • Hunting

    Hunting and trapping are permitted in accordance with State and Federal laws on all Waterfowl Production Areas. All state regulations apply and state issued licenses are required. Non-Toxic shot is required for all shotgun hunting. Legal weapons are bow and arrow, and state allowed firearms and muzzleloaders.

    Walk in access is permitted year-round but vehicle use is strictly prohibited. Temporary tree stands are permitted but must be removed daily. They cannot be nailed or screwed directly into the tree since permanent tree stands are prohibited. Contact the District Manager for current regulations prior to hunting.

    Waterfowl hunting is very popular in the District. Giant Canada geese, mallard, pintail, teal, gadwall, shoveler and redhead are common local nesting birds. Fall migrations bring other species of waterfowl such as snow geese, white-fronted geese, and sandhill cranes which do not nest locally.

    Upland game birds commonly hunted are pheasants, sharptail grouse, and Hungarian or gray partridge. Whitetail deer are common throughout the District.

    Visit the Maps page for county maps, or contact District headquarters for further information. License information is available through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website. Information on lodging in the communities within the District is available in the North Dakota Department of Tourism website.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted in accordance with State and Federal laws on all Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs). The deeper, more permanent lakes may hold northern pike, yellow perch and bullhead during high water years. However, due to winterkill, most of the WPAs on the Arrowwood District do not hold sufficient water to support a fishery. Walk in access is permitted year-round but vehicle use is strictly prohibited. Contact the District Manager for current regulations prior to fishing.

  • Wildlife Observation & Photography

    Photography and wildlife observation may be pursued almost anywhere on Waterfowl Production Areas. Walk in access is permitted year-round but vehicle use is strictly prohibited. Common wildlife species include a variety of waterfowl, upland game birds, grassland songbirds, birds of prey, deer and numerous fur bearers. There are ample opportunities to capture photos of plants, landscapes, and other interesting features of the Waterfowl Production Areas.

    Please consult the staff at District headquarters for seasonal wildlife observation opportunities and regulations.

  • Interpretation

    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.

  • Environmental Education & Interpretation

    Educational programs are available for local schools and clubs, as well as for professional groups. Contact the District Manager for more information.

    The Arrowwood Wetland Management District has a variety of interpretive materials, including brochures, leaflets and maps that describe the area as well as the opportunities that abound on the District. District staff are also available to provide information and educational activities to the interested public. Traveling displays describing our mission and the National Wildlife Refuge System are on hand and can be either placed or sent anywhere in the state. We also have an excellent reference library and video collection, most of which are available for loan to schools and organizations.