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Rules and Regulations

Maga Ta-Hohpi Kiosk on Highway 14Wetland Management districts are responsible for managing Waterfowl Prodution areas (WPAs), a network of lands managed to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitat for the continuing benefit of the American people.  Kiosks on the Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA have interesting facts about the WMD and have copies of the SD WPA regulations.


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 probably 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 the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself.  There are plenty of activities on the Huron Wetland Management District of refuge) for you to enjoy.  Be safe and have fun! 

WPAs Hunting seasons and regulations that apply to WPAs can be found in the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Hunting Handbook.  Fishing regulations that apply to WPAs can be found on in South Dakota Game Fish and Parks fishing guide. 


  •  Vehicles including snow mobiles are permitted only in designated road, parking areas and on the ice 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 must be launched fro a trailer are limited to those waters that are accessible from a 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 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.  To reduce wildlife disturbance, dog training on WPAs is not allowed.
  • Non-toxic shot is required for shotgun hunting.  Lead bullets in rifles and muzzle leader 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.



Page Photo Credits — Maga Ta-Hohpi informational Kiosk Highway 14, Sandy Uecker/USFWS
Last Updated: May 02, 2014
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