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.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


WPA Sign

Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs)

Looking for places to hunt, bird watch, photograph wildlife, see rare native prairie plants or just enjoy the outdoors? Visit a WPA today!

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About the Federal Duck Stamp

The Duck Stamp Story

Funds generated from the sale of federal duck stamps go directly to the purchase of wetlands and wildlife habitat to be included in the National Wildlife Refuge System as Waterfowl Production Areas.

Federal Duck Stamp Home Page

Junior Duck Stamp Program

A dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.

Wetland Management Districts

Wetland Management Districts of the National Wildlife Refuge System


Wetland Management Districts are comprised of counties in which the Service has acquired or is leasing any wetland or pothole area and is managing them as a Waterfowl Production Area (WPA).

Map of Wetland Management Districts

About the Complex

Devils Lake Wetland Management District Complex

Devils Lake WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Devils Lake Wetland Management District Complex.

Read more about the complex
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