Facility Activities

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.

From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.
Many sites do not allow dogs because they can disturb wildlife. Refuges that do allow dogs generally require that they be leashed. Some sites allow hunters and sledders to bring dogs.
Seasonal firewood gathering is available at a few sites, by permit. Tree cutting is generally limited to dead and downed trees or non-native trees. Some refuges have stopped allowing firewood cutting to stem the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive pest. Check individual sites for more information.

The fishing opportunities on most wetland management districts are marginal but are offered in accordance with state seasons and regulations. Available species include northern pike, walleye, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass and sunfish.

Big Stone WMD provides important waterfowl nesting habitat in a part of the state where most wetlands have been drained. With 13 Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) in Lyon and Lincoln counties, Big Stone also offers 2,500 acres of public hunting. Good numbers of ducks can be found on the WMD...