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American White Pelicans.  The White Pelican does not dive for fish as the Brown Pelican does. Instead, it dips its head underwater to scoop up fish. Several pelicans may fish cooperatively, moving into a circle to concentrate fish, and then dipping their heads under simultaneously to catch fish.

  • Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping

    150 x 118 Duck Hunters

    Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping are allowed on the District Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA's) in accordance with Federal and State regulations. 

    For more information see the SD WPA Public Use Regulations for District-specific regulations and visit South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks for state licenses and regulations.  For additional information on Madison WMD, please contact us.   


    South Dakota has long been known as the pheasant capital of the nation, but excellent waterfowl and white-tailed deer hunting opportunities are also available. Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.  


    Extremely wet conditions since the mid 1980's have transformed many WPAs in the District into excellent fisheries. Walleye, perch, crappie, and northern pike can be found in abundance on selected areas throughout the District.  


    Trapping has long been a tradition in South Dakota. Recreational trapping is available at all WPAs, in accordance with State trapping regulations. 

  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

    Observation Deck

    Wildlife observers will find a rich variety of animal and plant life. During migration, large numbers of birds can be found on all of the WPA's. Native prairie grasses, flowers, and other plants can be observed and studied at leisure on WPA's as well. 

    Auto Tour Route 

    Travel the interpretive auto tour route on the Madison WPA, visit the Karl Mundt rest stop and overlook, or take a walk or ride on the Highway 19 Bike trail beginning at the headquarters.  

  • Environmental Education and Interpretation

    218 x 116 SDSU student field trip

    Wetland Management Districts serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources. They provide unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. 

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of the District?  Contact us to check on program availability or check out one of our educational trunks.   

    A variety of brochures and informational materials are available at the District headquarters. Interpretive panels are found at the District headquarters entrance, Karl Mundt rest stop area, and near DeSmet - on the west side of Silver Lake WPA.   

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS
Last Updated: May 15, 2014
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