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SD WPA Regulations

512_sd_pu_regsWildlife-dependent recreational activities are allowed on WPAs, including hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation. Please observe the following regulations to protect natural resources and to help ensure that your visit will be safe and enjoyable.

General Regulations

■Vehicles are permitted only on designated roads, parking areas, and on the ice for ice fishing. Vehicle access to the ice is limited to ice accessible from a right-of-way or designated road. Motorized vehicles must be licensed in accordance with State laws and regulations.
■Motorized boats are allowed for wildlife-dependent activities. Boats that must be launched from a trailer are limited to those waters that are accessible from a right-of-way or designated road.
■Collection of mature wild fruits, berries, above-ground portion of asparagus, and mushrooms for personal daily non-commercial use is allowed.
■Commercial activities are not allowed unless authorized by a special use permit issued by the WMD manager.


Prohibited Activities  

The following activities are prohibited on WPAs and associated parking areas:
■overnight camping
■littering, including leaving spent shotgun shells or the remains of hunted animals
■removing or disturbing property, including artifacts
■removing natural objects or destroying plants, excluding the gathering of dead plant materials for on-site blind construction
■riding or using horses for any purpose.

Fishing Regulations

Unless otherwise noted, fishing is allowed in accordance with State regulations.


Fish Houses 

Fish houses may be used for ice fishing in accordance with State regulations. Fish houses may not be left unattended on uplands or in parking areas.


Equipment Removal  

Boats, motor vehicles, fishing equipment, and other personal property (excluding fish houses) must be removed at the end of each day.

Hunting Regulations

Unless otherwise noted, hunting is allowed in accordance with State regulations.



Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).



When hunting with a shotgun, hunters must use and possess only approved non-toxic shot. Lead bullets in rifles and muzzle loaders are allowed in accordance with State regulations.


Tree Stands  

Portable tree stands and free-standing elevated platforms may be used in accordance with State regulations.
The use of nails, wire, screws, or bolts to attach a stand or steps to a tree is prohibited.


Equipment Removal  

With the exception of tree stands, all personal property including, but not limited to boats, decoys, trail cameras, portable blinds, and any materials brought into the area for blind construction, must be removed at the end of each day. Blinds constructed of dead and down materials gathered on-site may be left throughout the hunting season.



The use of dogs is encouraged for hunting. Dogs are allowed for other activities only if the dog is confined to a vehicle, boat, fish house, or is on a leash controlled by the handler. Dog training is prohibited.



The distribution of bait and hunting over bait is prohibited.



Using or possessing alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited.

Trapping Regulations

Trapping is allowed in accordance with Federal and State regulations.

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2013
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