Wetland management districts are for wildlife and people! Wildlife comes first on all lands within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Human activities must be compatible with the needs of wildlife. Six priority uses are encouraged when appropriate: hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. Fergus Falls Wetland Management District offers all of these opportunities and more.
Recreational opportunities abound on over 220 units called waterfowl production areas, nearly 50,000 acres of land in the Fergus Falls Wetland Management. Our district lands two major biomes in Minnesota, offering beautiful prairie scenery in the west and hardwood forests in the east. Most waterfowl production areas offer many recreational activities including hunting, wildlife observation, photography, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and berry-picking. All of them are open to the public except for several that are posted "closed."
All uses are subject to Federal and State laws, especially hunting and trapping. Trapping is not allowed on Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge tracts. Bikes and pets are not allowed at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (Townsend Waterfowl Production Area). For other restrictions, visit our Rules and Policies page, or call our office at 218-739-2291.