Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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New and Noteworthy

Reaching our goals

As of 2012, just over 62,000 acres have been protected by easement in the target area.

Duck stamps protect critical habitat

2012 Fed duck stamp

Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Understandably, the Federal Duck Stamp has been called one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated and is a highly effective way to conserve America’s natural resources.

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Jr. Duck Stamp Program

2013 Jr. Duck Stamp winner

Want to show off your artistic talent? The Junior Duck Stamp program is an educational and art related program based on the National Duck Stamp program. See our Just for Kids page or the link below for more information.

Jr. Duck stamp program
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Saving Prairie

Interested in protecting tallgrass prairie? The Dakota Tallgrass Prairie Wildlife Management Area was established specifically to protect tallgrass prairie in eastern North and South Dakota. Protection will be mainly in the form of perpetual easements, with a minimum size of 40 acres and 160 acres or larger preferred. For more information call Waubay NWR at (605) 947-4521.

About the District

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Dakota Tallgrass Prairie Wildlife Management Area is managed as part of the Waubay Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS