Waterfowl Production Areas

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Sixty-one Waterfowl Production Areas exist within the Rainwater Basin Area.  These areas are managed primarily for migratory waterfowl.  Annual management on each area varies, depending on the vegetative cover and water level conditions in wetlands.  During dry conditions, more opportunities for grazing, hydrologic restoration, and prescribed fire exist.  The table below lists each area and its acreage of habitat (Acreage information is being updated at this time.).  Information about various wetlands can be found by clicking on specific hyperlinks.  

The majority of Waterfowl Production Areas were purchased with Duck Stamp money and are open to hunting, trapping, photography, wildlife observation, environmental education and interpretation.  The areas, however, do not contain developed visitor facilities.

The section "Rules and Regulations" describes in detail the types of public use allowed on Waterfowl Production Areas.

State owned wetlands are called Wildlife Management Areas.  For more information about these areas can be found at Nebraska Game and Parks' website

Click on the name of the WPA below to learn more about it.

 

Waterfowl Production Area

County

Wetland acres

Upland acres

Total

Atlanta

Phelps 

453

659

1112

Bluestem

Kearney 

44

32

76

Brauning 

Fillmore

166

75

241

Clark 

Kearney 

227

224

451

Cottonwood

Phelps 

201

349

550

County Line

York

225

183

408

Eckhardt

Clay

65

110

175

Elley 

Gosper 

33

27

60

Spoonbill Flats

Franklin  

74

87

161

Freeman Lakes

Seward 

146

42

188

Frerichs 

Kearney 

34

13

47

Funk

Phelps 

1166

828

1994

Gleason

Kearney 

197

374

571

Glenvil 

Clay

79

41

120

Green Acres

Clay

49

15

64

Griess 

Fillmore

20

20

40

Hannon 

Hall

  

687

Hansen

Clay

365

275

640

Harms 

Clay

33

27

60

Harvard

Clay

760

724

1484

Heron

York

214

105

319

Hultine

Clay

585

417

1002

Jensen 

Kearney 

177

291

468

Johnson 

Phelps 

253

329

582

Jones

Phelps 

90

76

166

Kenesaw

Adams

161

70

231

Killdeer 

Kearney 

38

2

40

Krause 

Fillmore

306

227

533

Lange 

Clay

59

101

160

Lindau 

Kearney 

95

60

155

Linder 

Phelps 

80

76

156

Macon Lakes

Franklin

521

500

1021

Mallard Haven

Fillmore

634

454

1245

Massie

Clay

491

356

847

McMurtrey*

Clay

651

401

1052

Meadowlark 

Clay

44

35

79

Millers Pond 

Fillmore

114

18

132

Moger 

Clay

72

124

196

Morphy 

Fillmore

81

9

90

Nelson 

Hamilton

145

17

162

Peterson

Gosper 

485

627

1112

Prairie Dog

Kearney 

472

422

894

Quadhamer

Franklin

311

287

594

Rauscher 

Fillmore

132

119

251

Real 

Fillmore

121

39

160

Ritterbush 

Franklin

48

32

80

Rolland 

Fillmore

53

76

129

Schuck 

Clay

56

24

80

Schwisow 

Saline

1

60

61

Sinninger 

York

42

115

157

Smith

Clay

234

275

509

Springer

Hamilton

387

242

629

Tamora 

Seward 

228

52

280

Theesen 

Clay

47

34

81

Troester 

Hamilton

268

49

317

Verona 

Clay

38

122

160

Victor Lakes

Gosper 

164

70

234

Waco

York

115

46

161

Weseman

Adams

82

81

163

Wilkins 

Fillmore

324

208

532

Youngson 

Kearney 

113

70

183

 

*McMurtrey WPA was transferred from the military and is not open to the public.