Visitor Activities

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Tewaukon Wetland Management District's Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA), like other WPAs across the country, were purchased with funds provided by Migratory Bird Stamp (Duck Stamp) purchases. WPAs are open to a variety of public uses and are subject to all state and Federal laws.

  • Hunting

    Young Hunter

    Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA) are open to public hunting in accordance with North Dakota State hunting regulations and Special Refuge Regulations. Waterfowl hunting is very popular on the District with local and non-resident hunters. Nesting species such as mallard, blue-wing teal, pintail, and Canada geese stay into the fall. The fall migration often brings other waterfowl species like bufflehead, lesser scaup, and tundra swans that do not nest locally.

    Ring-necked pheasants are also commonly hunted in the upland areas of WPAs. Whitetail deer are common throughout the District, and hunters enjoy pursuing them with bow and rifle in the fall. Nontoxic shot is required on WPAs for all bird hunting.

    Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the National Wildlife Refuge System. To find additional information on North Dakota Hunting and Fishing regulations go to

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Tewaukon Wetland Management District, contact the District manager at (701)724-3598.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Blue-winged Teal Brood

    Wildlife viewing is available to visitors all year on Waterfowl Production Areas. Because of the small size of many WPAs, wildlife observation or photography can usually be done from the unit boundaries. Respect grassland nesting birds and other wildlife by photographing from a reasonable distance, especially during the spring and summer months. Vehicle use is not allowed on WPAs.

  • Photography

    Viking Orchid

    The Tewaukon WMD has some unique opportunities for wildlife photographers. The snow goose migration in March and April provides an excellent opportunity on WPAs bordering Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge. The fall migration also brings concentrations of a variety of bird species like tundra swans, great egrets, rough-legged hawks, and shorebirds. With patience, good photographic opportunities can be found as waterfowl stage for their trip further south. Prairie wildflowers, like the Viking Orchid to the left, are in bloom throughout the spring and summer months and are cooperative subjects. July provides the best opportunity to photograph colorful and plentiful wildflowers.

  • Fishing

    Most water bodies in the District don’t support strong populations of game fish. For those that do, fishing is available during summer and winter. Winter is by far the most popular time to catch walleye, perch, and crappie. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has stocked fish in some large WPAs. In particular, Kraft Slough in west Sargent County has become a popular fishing area due to those efforts. For more information, contact the District Headquarters at (701)724-3598.

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  • Interpretation

    Some Tewaukon WMD interpretive information is available at Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge headquarters during normal office hours. Staff members are available to answer any questions. Interpretative programs are available on request/appointment basis only. Please contact the District Headquarters at (701)724-3598.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education programs and sites for outdoor classrooms are available on a request/appointment basis only. Please contact District Headquarters for more information. (701)724-3598.