Welcome to the Huron Wetland Management District! The Huron Wetland Management District includes Waterfowl Production Areas and conservation easements which are a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Established in 1992, the Huron Wetland Management District consists of an eight county area located in east-central South Dakota.
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The Huron Wetland Management District manages 17,683 acres of fee title waterfowl production areas and numerous conservation easements in the world renowned prairie pothole region. The prairie pothole region is named for the millions of depressional wetlands dispersed throughout the landscape. Waterfowl rely on its many wetlands during spring and fall migration for feeding and resting, as well as raising their young during the summer months.

Location and Contact Information

      Attention: Seeking Grazing and Ag Farming Cooperators for 2024

      The Huron Wetland Management District is currently seeking cooperators for Grazing on 13 Waterfowl Production Areas and Cooperative Ag Farming on 2 Waterfowl Production Areas. 

      Announcement Letter 

      To Apply for Grazing in 2024: 

      Unit Maps

      Grazing Regulations 

      Application Form

      *You may fill out an bid form for multiple WPAs you are interested in.  Please rank grazing units as you may only be awarded 1 WPA.  

      To Apply for Ag Farming in 2025-2027:

      Unit Maps, Bid Form

      All applications and bids must be received no later than Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 at the Huron Wetland Management District's temporary office at 20721 392nd Ave Wolsey, SD 57384 (bids must be mailed, emailed to fred_oslund@fws.gov, or hand delivered).  Applications and bids will be opened at 10 AM on March 7th, 2024 and applicants will be notified soon after.  

      Contact Matt Grunig (605) 461-0903 or Fred Oslund (605) 350-0712 with any questions.

      About Us

      The Huron Wetland Management District was established to protect and enhance wetlands and grasslands. District staff are responsible for managing scattered tracts of lands called Waterfowl Production Areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other species of wildlife. Waterfowl Production Areas are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife photography, wildlife observation, environmental education, and interpretation. The Huron Wetland Management District has an active easement acquisition program that partners with willing landowners to preserve important wildlife habitats on private lands. 

      What We Do

      Services
      A beautiful green grassland with white flowers in bloom under a partly cloudy sky

      In the United States, the Prairie Pothole Region is located within the northern Great Plains in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Characterized by thousands of shallow, glacially formed wetlands known as potholes, the Prairie Pothole Region provides habitat for...

      Dozens of waterfowl flying over a grassy wetland

      In the United States, the Prairie Pothole Region is located within the northern Great Plains in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Characterized by thousands of shallow wetlands known as potholes, the Prairie Pothole Region provides habitat for globally...

      Our Organization

      A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.

      Projects and Research