Plan Your Visit

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Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District's 61 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA) provide numerous recreational opportunities to visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife. Wildlife-dependent recreation activities including hunting, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation allow for public enjoyment of the WPAs while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

  • The WPAs are open from sunrise to sunset.  Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight camping is allowed on any WPA.
  • Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals.
  • Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted. Gasoline or other internal combustion engines are prohibited. If these types of motors are permanently affixed or built into the boat, they must be temporarily rendered inoperable by removing gas tanks, batteries, etc.
  • Hunting is permitted on WPAs in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Nebraska state hunting regulations at Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.
  • Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, 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), i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.
  • Other prohibited acts on any WPA are dogs off-leash (except during legitimate hunting seasons); off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.

For driving directions, please visit the "Directions" page.

For questions about recreation, please contact the District office.