Rules and Regulations

Maga Ta-Hohpi Kiosk on Highway 14

Wetland Management districts are responsible for managing Waterfowl Prodution areas (WPAs), a network of lands managed to conserve fish, wildlife, and their habitat for the continuing benefit of the American people.


There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the Huron Wetland Management District (WMD). Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are potential refuge rules governing this activity. Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation. Please check with district management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. Enjoy the outdoors, be safe and have fun! 

Please consult the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Hunting, Fishing, and Boating Regulations website/handbooks for all state hunting and fishing laws. Make sure to purchase the proper hunting and fishing licenses needed for your trip to South Dakota.

 Waterfowl Production Area Regulations

  • Vehicles, including snowmobiles are permitted only on designated roads and in designated parking areas. Travel on the ice is allowed for ice fishing. Vehicle access to the ice must be from a road right-of-way.
  • Motorized boats are allowed for wildlife-dependent activities. Boats may be launched from a trailer if those waters are accessible from a road right-of-way.
  • Collection of mature wild fruits, berries, above-ground portions of asparagus, and mushrooms are only allowed for personal daily non-commercial use.
  • Commercial activities are not allowed unless authorized through a special use permit issued by a Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife manager.
  • No overnight camping is allowed. This includes parking lot areas.
  • No fires
  • No littering or leaving remains of hunted animals.
  • For the enjoyment of others and to protect plant diversity, removing natural objects or destroying plants is not allowed. This excludes the gathering of dead plant materials for on-site hunting blind construction.
  • Riding or using horses for any purpose is not allowed. 
  • The use of dogs for hunting purposes is encouraged. Dogs for other approved purposes must be on a leash to prevent disturbance of wildlife. Dog training on WPA's is not allowed.
  • Non-toxic shot is required for waterfowl and upland game hunting. Lead bullets in rifles and muzzle loaders are allowed in accordance with State regulations.
  • For a complete list of regulations please refer to the South Dakota Waterfowl Production Areas Public Use Regulations.