Visitor Activities


The numerous Waterfowl Production Areas of Chase Lake Wetland Management District offer many opportunities for public use. The most common activities available to visitors are hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation.

Please refer to the North Dakota Waterfowl Production Areas Public Use Regulations Brochure for more information regarding visitor activities within the district.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is available on Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) in accordance with State hunting regulations and special regulations. 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 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 and hunters enjoy a very high success rate. Nontoxic shot is required on all WPAs for upland bird hunting.

    Contact District headquarters for further information on Waterfowl Production Areas. License information is available through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website. Information on lodging in the communities within the district is available on the North Dakota Department of Tourism website.

  • Fishing

    Fishing within the district is available summer and winter. Fishing on the ice in the winter is far more popular than fishing during warmer weather. Permanent lakes in the District offer fishing for northern pike, perch, walleye and a few other species. Parts of these lakes may be Waterfowl Production Areas. These areas are open to fishing according to state regulations and special regulations.

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has actively stocked many wetlands that are experiencing high water levels. Perch and northern pike are commonly sought by anglers in these situations.

    Fertility in these less permanent wetlands is high and growth rates of fish are often phenomenal. These semi-permanent wetlands are heavily fished during the winter months when access on the ice is good. Again, portions of these lakes may be Waterfowl Production Areas where both state fishing regulations and special regulations apply. Contact district headquarters for information on regulations and lakes with good fishing opportunities.  

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Observation is available to visitors all year on Waterfowl Production Areas. Because of the small size of many Waterfowl Production Areas, wildlife observation or photography can usually be done from the unit boundaries. Respect grassland nesting birds and other wildlife, especially during the spring and summer months.

  • Interpretation

    Limited interpretive information is available at district headquarters during normal office hours. Staff members are available to answer questions. Interpretative programs are available on request/appointment basis only.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education programs and sites for outdoor classrooms are available on a request/appointment basis only. Please contact district headquarters for more information.

  • Photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes.  Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive!