Big Stone Wetland Management District covers two counties in southwest Minnesota, Lincoln and Lyon counties. Our staff manages all federal lands, easements and private land projects in both of these two counties.

Visit Us

From the many waterfowl production areas within Big Stone Wetland Management District, to the many varied units within Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, we offer you ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

Location and Contact Information

      Two student volunteers holding invasive species.
      Seeking Volunteers!

      We are seeking volunteers to help with seasonal activities on the District. These include regular maintenance tasks, mowing, trail improvements, invasive species invasive species
      An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

      Learn more about invasive species
      treatment, and more. Come join us out on the prairie!

      What We Do

      An old, red, closed-cab tractor pulls a green round-baler on a waterfowl production area.

      Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Wetland Management District (WMD) are offering 14 haying opportunities. Haying is used to manage grassland habitat by providing more diverse vegetation structure for nesting birds and other species. Hay units range in size from approximately 9 to 124...

      Our Species

      Big Stone Wetland Management District includes species including the Dakota skipper, grasshopper sparrow and upland sandpiper, native to the area. Stop in for a visit and see what other species may make an appearance.