Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Herds of cattle are used as a management tool on WPA's and Refuges to keep the prairie healthy.

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    Prescribed Fire

    Prescribed fires help restore native grasses and wild flowers while reducing non-native plant species.

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Waterfowl Production Areas

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Lostwood Wetland Management District oversees 56 Waterfowl Production Areas. These areas (open to foot traffic only) are open to hunting, bird watching, hiking, and photography.

Waterfowl Production Area Public Use Regulations

Energy Development

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The counties that encompass the Lostwood Wetland Management District are currently undergoing landscape changes due to the development of oil and natural gasses.

Energy Development

Shell Lake NWR

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Shell Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an 1,835-acre refuge located within the Lostwood Wetland Management District. The refuge provides excellent habitat and breeding areas for waterfowl and shorebirds.

About the Complex

Lostwood Complex

Lostwood WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Lostwood Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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