Plan Your Visit

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Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a network of lands managed to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitat for the continuing benefit of the American people.


The Audubon Wetland Management District has 123 WPAs in McLean, Ward, and Sheridan Counties, that provide numerous recreational opportunities to visitors. WPAs are open to wildlife-dependent recreational activities, which include hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. 

General Regulations  

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 WMD 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.
Contact Information  

The Wetland Management District shares headquarters with Audubon National Wildlife Refuge, which is located 3 miles north of Coleharbor, ND on U.S. Highway 83 and then one mile east.

Audubon NWR and WMD  

3275 11th St. NW

Coleharbor, ND  58531

Phone: 701/442-5474

Fax: 701/442-5546

Email: audubon@fws.gov

Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/audubon_wmd