Visitor Activities

A hunter carrying a gun walking across the prairie

Waterfowl Production Areas are open to hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation. Be sure to check out our Rules and Regulations page for more information.


  • Hunting


    Hunting opportunities are abundant within the Benton Lake Wetland Management District. The area includes a diversity of habitats from wetlands to upland grasslands. All Waterfowl Production Areas, except the Sands and H2-O WPAs, are open to migratory game bird hunting, upland game bird hunting, big game hunting, and trapping in accordance with Montana state regulations and seasons. Hunters are required to use non-toxic shotgun shells. For additional information about hunting on WPAs, go to our Rules and Regulations page.

  • Fishing


    Waterfowl Production Areas are open to fishing in accordance with State regulations; however, fishing opportunities are very limited as most of our wetlands are shallow and do not support fish populations.

    Arod Lakes WPA is the most popular fishing area in the District and contains sizeable populations of yellow perch and northern pike. Arod Lakes WPA is cooperatively managed with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. State provided facilities include a boat ramp that allows motorized boats, a small designated camping area, and a bathroom.  Limited motorized vehicle access to Middle and Round Lake is allowed for ice fishing from January 2nd to March 31st.


  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography


    Visiting Waterfowl Production Areas throughout the District provides visitors with an opportunity to experience a variety of habitats and associated wildlife. The Wetland Management District is a collection of diverse landscapes, from wetlands and mixed-grass prairie in the east to forests, intermountain grasslands, and rivers in the west. Likewise, animal species that inhabit the District lands are diverse and reflective of a variety of habitats. Spring and fall are great times to see large numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds on any of the wetlands in the District. Grasslands are also abundant and provide many opportunities for viewing and photographing wildflowers and grassland birds. Visitors to the Blackfoot WPA are likely to see nesting Trumpeter Swans in the spring and large herds of elk in the winter. Burrowing Owls have been spotted at Kingsbury WPA, and numerous raptors nest in the rock outcrops there.