About the District

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The Audubon Wetland Management District (WMD) includes 123 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), 8 National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), and numerous wetland and grassland easements in McLean, Sheridan, and Ward Counties. These lands contain valuable wetland and grassland habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, and many other species of wildlife. 

WPAs have been purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) with funds from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps. Established to protect and restore waterfowl habitat, nearly 95 percent of WPAs in the United States are located in the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and northeastern Montana. Approximately 98 cents of each Duck Stamp dollar is used to purchase habitat.  

Eight National Wildlife Refuges are located in the Audubon WMD. A portion of these refuges are owned in fee title by the Service and others are easement refuges. Easement refuges are private lands in which the Service has purchased water rights and regulates hunting activities.    

Wildlife dependent recreational activities are allowed on WPAs, including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation. Please observe the following regulations to protect natural resources and to help ensure that your visit will be safe and enjoyable: 

  • Vehicles are permitted only on designated roads, parking areas, and on the ice for ice fishing. Vehicle access to the ice is limited to ice accessible from a right-of-way or designated road. Motorized vehicles must be licensed in accordance with State laws and regulations.
  • Motorized boats are allowed for wildlife-dependent activities. Boats that must be launched from a trailer are limited to those waters that are accessible from a right-of-way or designated road.
  • Collection of mature wild fruits, berries, above-ground portion of asparagus, and mushrooms for personal daily non-commercial use is allowed.
  • Commercial activities are not allowed unless authorized by a special use permit issued by the manager.
Prohibited Activities:
  • Overnight camping 
  • Fires
  • Littering, including leaving spent shotgun shells or the remains of hunted animals
  • Removing or disturbing property, including artifacts
  • Removing natural objects or destroying plants, excluding the gathering of dead plant materials for on-site blind construction 
  • Riding or using horses for any purpose