Rules and Regulations

Waterfowl Production Area sign

Waterfowl production areas within Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District are accessible year round. Acceptable outdoor uses include: hunting, fishing, nature photography, wildlife observation, environmental education, and interpretation. Make sure to observe all district regulations, posted district boundary signs, no hunting zones, and closed areas. 

Hunting and fishing seasons on the district generally follow state seasons and regulations. Additional site-specific regulations may be posted on-site.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District encourages deer hunters to use lead free ammunition. Wildlife protection is a core value that is shared by hunters and the Fish and Wildlife Service and it is within our control to eliminate potential hazards to wildlife on our National Wildlife Refuges. Hunters can help keep eagles and other wildlife healthy by ensuring no lead is left behind after the hunt. To learn more about lead free ammunition visit

Waterfowl production areas are:

•          Open to hunting (with non-toxic shot only) in designated areas according to state and federal regulations; 

•          Open to fishing according to state and federal regulations; no motorized boats allowed;

•          Closed to all motorized vehicles (ATVs included); and

•          Closed to artifact hunting, cultural disturbance, digging, burying, or disturbing the soil.

For more information, contact the district headquarters. 

Hunting and Trapping Regulations


- Small game hunters using shotguns, including turkey hunters, are required to use and possess only non-toxic shot.

- Single projectile ammunition (shotgun slugs or bullets) are prohibited on Soberg WPA, Dakota County. 

- Target shooting is prohibited. 

- Some areas are posted as No Hunting Zones to protect buildings, private property or critical habitat areas. Firearms and weapons must be cased and unloaded while accessing hunting areas through No Hunting Zones.

- Small game hunters must wear an article of blaze orange/pink consistent with state regulations. 

- The use of hunting dogs is allowed during the State- approved hunting provided the dog is under the immediate control at all times. Training and allowing pets off leash are prohibited.

- Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all WPAs except on designated parking areas and public roads. 

- Motorized watercraft (gas or electric) are prohibited on all WPAs.

- Camping, campfires and overnight parking are prohibited on all WPAs including designated parking areas. 

- No permanent stands are permitted. Also prohibited are the use of nails, wire, screws, or bolts to attach a stand to a tree or hunting from a tree, into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter. Portable hunting stands and blinds MUST BE set up and removed each day. 

- All property brought onto a WPA must be removed after each day. This includes all vehicles, boats, decoys, trail cameras and trash. 

- The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited. 

- The destruction, defacement, disturbance or unauthorized removal of any natural object or government property is prohibited. 

- Plants and animals cannot be introduced, liberated or placed on WPAs. 

- Disposing of animal carcasses, trash, refuse rocks, wood or other debris is prohibited. 

- Cutting, mowing, sawing, digging, collecting, injuring or removing vegetation is prohibited. 

- Distribution of feed or bait, or hunting over bait is prohibited. This includes salts and minerals. 



- Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) are open to trapping per state regulations.