Visitor Activities

Girls hiking

When planning a trip to the District, it is important to wear sturdy shoes for land excursions and to dress for the weather. Consider bringing water, food, binoculars, field guides, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and anything else that might make the outdoor experience more enjoyable.  Leave pets and bikes at home.

  • Hunting

    Duck hunt

    Hunting opportunities are abundant within the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District. The area includes a diversity of habitats from wetlands to upland grasslands. These areas support waterfowl, pheasant, turkey, deer and other game species. Fergus Falls Wetland Management District hunting seasons generally follow state regulations

    Return often, and bring a friend, to enjoy the outdoor wonders district lands offer to everyone.

    If you or someone you know has a disability and/or is mobility impaired, the district maintains waterfowl hunting blinds that can be reserved for use. Contact the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District for more information. 

    View maps of the hunting areas.

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  • Fishing

    Boy fishing

    Fishing, including ice fishing, is allowed on all open waterfowl production areas. However, parking and access to fishable waters are limited, and the majority of our wetlands are shallow and do not support populations of large fish. No motorized vehicle or vessels are allowed on the water or ice, and Minnesota state fishing regulations, license requirements, and bag limits apply.

    For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at a National Wildlife Refuge soon.  Find more information with our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Wildlife Viewing


    The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District is in an area where freshwater prairie wetlands and the associated northern tallgrass prairie join to form a zone of transition with the northern hardwood forest. This blend of habitats provides for an impressive diversity of bird species.

    Visiting birders are encouraged to stop in at our office in Fergus Falls to share their sightings with District staff and to learn more about specific birding locations. 

    A bird species list that contains 293 bird species is available at either the district office or at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. Brochures are available after hours at the center parking lot kiosk. 

  • Interpretation


    We are offer a variety of seasonal programs and opportunities for our visitors to learn about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Prairie Pothole Region. Programs and events are publicized through our Facebook page on a regular basis. We encourage you to “like” us on Facebook and gain access to all our scheduled events and daily happenings on the District and at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. 

    In addition to new opportunities, a few recur each year.  In June, the PWLC offers an “Summer Explorers Biology Camp” for youth and a “Teaching in the Outdoor Classroom Workshop" for educators. The second week of August we host the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club's “Woodie Camp” for youth ages 13-15. In September, volunteers assist in habitat restoration projects as part of National Public Lands Day. 

  • Environmental Education


    The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center offers environmental education programs for learners of all ages. The programs feature hands-on and minds-on activities that are conducted on 330 acres of native and restored prairie and wetlands by professional educators and highly trained interns.

    The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center offers both day-use and residential environmental education experiences. Please call (218) 998-4480 for the latest program and date availability. You can also visit the For Educators page on our web site for a listing of seasonal, preschool through 5th grade field investigations, lesson plans, programs for middle school, and numerous resources for outdoor classrooms.  

  • Photography


    Perhaps the fastest growing activity in the National Wildlife Refuge System has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – digital cameras 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 the National Wildlife Refuge System naturally is at the top of the list. The Refuge System 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.