Chase Lake Wetland Management District is located in the famous "Prairie Pothole Region," an area with many small wetlands and a key area for breeding waterfowl in North America. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the District helps protect more than 140,00 acres of wetland and grassland habitat in North Dakota, benefitting numerous species of migratory birds and resident wildlife.
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Road Closure

Due unsafe road conditions, the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge Pass road, is closed effective April 16, 2024 until further notice. This Stutsman County, Chase Lake township road is also known as 48½ Ave SE and 49th Ave SE. A road closed sign has been placed at the intersection of 24th Street SE and 48½ Ave SE. Contact the Chase Lake Wetland Management District at 701-752-4218 for further information.

Visit Us

The District includes 136 waterfowl production areas, totaling 44,000 acres. Waterfowl production areas provide both the grasslands and wetlands needed by waterfowl for breeding, nesting, and rearing broods. The waterfowl production areas also provide high quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and photography. 

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Chase Lake Wetland Management District is dedicated to the conservation and management of both wetland and upland habitats essential to migratory birds. U.S. Fish and Wildlife manages habitat on Service-owned waterfowl production areas. WPAs are open to the public. In addition, the District protects more than 95,000 acres of wetland and grassland habitats protected through various private land easement programs. 

      What We Do

      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees use a variety of tools and tactics to manage for healthy wetland and grassland habitats on Service-owned lands. The habitat management tools include prescribed burning, mowing, grazing, and leaving the land idle for a period of time. Staff also work with private landowners who have easements on their lands to ensure the wetland and grassland easements remain intact and provide habitat for the species that migrate through and reside in the area.

      Our Species

      Famous for their role in conserving waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's wetland management districts are an ecological treasure for waterfowl, other migratory birds, and resident wildlife.