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  • Hunting


    Hunting opportunities are abundant throughout the district. Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) habitats include shallow wetlands, grasslands and even a few heavily forested areas. These habitats support a variety of species ranging from waterfowl to white-tailed deer. Waterfowl Production Areas are generally open in accordance with state hunting regulations. However, be sure to check the rules and regulations section for special regulations. There are accessible blinds available by permit. These are located on specific WPA’s throughout the district. For more information contact the district office at 218-847-4431.

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  • Fishing


    Wetlands on Waterfowl Production Areas are open to fishing in accordance with State fishing regulations. However, opportunities for fishing are limited because most of the wetlands throughout the district are shallow and few support popular game fish. Non-motorized boats and shore fishing are allowed on Waterfowl Production Areas. For more information on fishing areas contact the district office at 218-847-4431. 

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  • Wildlife Viewing


    Visiting Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA) throughout the district provides visitors with an opportunity to experience a variety of habitats and associated wildlife. The district’s wetlands and grasslands provide many opportunities to view an assortment of native tallgrass prairie plants and animals. Favorite wildflowers include pasqueflower, prairie smoke, narrow-leaved purple coneflower, purple prairie clover, and a variety of sunflowers, goldenrods, blazingstars, and asters. Waterfowl abound on district WPAs, you will also see shorebirds, many species of grassland birds including great prairie chickens, along with white-tailed deer and an occasional moose.  

  • Interpretation


    Interpretation allows opportunities for visitors to learn more about the district and its wildlife and habitats. The District works with local schools and groups providing information and activities related to tallgrass prairie, wetlands, migratory birds, and other wildlife. Opportunities are available by request.     

  • Environmental Education


    One of the most important roles for the district is to provide learning opportunities for young people. Opportunities for environmental education include school field trips, guided tours and classroom presentations. Learning trunks of tools featuring tallgrass prairies, wetlands and the prairie chicken are available to teachers for loan. Contact the district office to schedule a program or reserve a trunk at 218-847-4431. 

  • Photography


    Whether it is photographing a wetland at sunrise or capturing a bobolink singing in the spring, opportunities abound for beginning and experienced photographers alike on Waterfowl Production Areas. Being quiet and patient are key to capturing many of your memories in this natural setting.