Visitor Activities

Visitor Activities

Note to visitors:  Please be aware that hunting seasons occur throughout the year. 

  • Hunting


    Unless otherwise posted, all waterfowl production areas are open to hunting according to state and federal regulations. Waterfowl, deer, pheasant, and turkey are some of the most commonly pursued game species. Hunters are required to use non-toxic shot. Parking lots are provided on most waterfowl production areas and hunters are encouraged to use them during their visit.

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  • Fishing

    Fishing at Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District

    All waterfowl production areas are open to public fishing. Anglers must follow state and federal regulations. Only non-motorized watercraft are permitted.  By state law, you must check your boat and remove hitchhiking invasive aquatic plants and animals.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Duck Flying

    The public is welcome to visit waterfowl production areas to observe wildlife. All activity is self-guided. Waterfowl production areas are great places to view numerous species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds in their natural habitats. Deer, butterflies, frogs, and other wildlife are also commonly found.  Enjoy the beautiful changes in the colors of the prairie through the seasons.

  • Interpretation


    Visitors may come to our headquarters at the Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center to learn about the wetland management district, restoration activities, and management techniques used on waterfowl production areas and privately-owned lands.  

  • Environmental Education

    Kids Snowshoeing with their class

    School groups are welcome to use waterfowl production areas for self-led environmental education activities and field trips. Waterfowl production areas are great places to explore and identify plants, tracks, sights, sounds, and smells.


    The Young Waterfowlers Program is for youth ages 12-16 and teaches the ethics and skills of waterfowl hunting and firearm safety. The program culminates in a mentored hunt on Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  This free program is a cooperative effort with the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and targets youth who have never hunted or are just starting out. For more information, contact the Minnesota Waterfowl Association

  • Photography

    Moonlight on the Prairie

    Waterfowl production areas provide visitors with ample opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife and scenery. Many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds use the district. Native flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, and frogs are also commonly seen. Bald eagles can be spotted at several of our waterfowl production areas including Cobb River, Perch Lake, Shelby, and Watonwan.