Visitor Activities

Visitor Activities at St. Croix Wetland Management District
  • Hunting


    Hunting opportunities abound in the district. These areas and surrounding state lands support many species including waterfowl, pheasants, deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbits and many others. Waterfowl production areas in the St. Croix Wetland Management District are open to hunting according to state and federal regulations. Special regulations apply to Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area. For more information, contact the District office.

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  • Fishing


    Fishing is allowed on waterfowl production areas according to state and federal regulations. Opportunities are limited since many wetlands on waterfowl production areas are very shallow and do not support fish. For more information, download our guide for WPA wetland locations and acreages.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife viewing

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to the district, especially during spring and fall migration. All waterfowl production areas are open to wildlife viewing. Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area is a prime viewing area for spring and fall migrating waterfowl. Many of the waterfowl production areas are managed as a complex of intermingled wetlands and grassland which provide optimal viewing for many species of grassland dependent birds including meadowlarks, bobolinks, blue-winged teal, northern harriers and many more.

  • Interpretation

    Interpretation at St. Croix Wetland Management District

    National wildlife refuges across the country provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. The St. Croix Wetland Management District works with the Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District to offer seasonal programs. Contact the District office for information on upcoming programs.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental education

    National wildlife refuges serve many purposes and one of our most important is as outdoor classrooms to teach about the natural world. The District works in partnership with local schools to provide limited opportunities related to our mission of restoring the prairie, wetlands and oak savanna historically found in this area. Contact the office for more information.

  • Photography

    Wildlife photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Explore your waterfowl production areas to find the best spot to capture the scenic prairies, wetlands and oak savanna on the district. During most times of the year you will have a great opportunity to capture the wonders of nature ranging from the summer explosion of wildflowers to the wonder of spring and fall migration.