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National Wildlife Refuge System lands offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Wetland management districts include small tracts of land called waterfowl production areas (WPAs) in a multicounty area. Valley City Wetland Management District covers Barnes, Cass, Griggs, Steele, and Traill counties in eastern North Dakota. 


Recreational opportunities are available year-round depending on your interest. Waterfowl production areas are open to hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and nature photography.

Please check with the Refuge staff or visit our rules and policies page to view the restrictions.

Other Facilities in the Complex

Valley City Wetland Management District is part of the Eastern North Dakota Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wetland management districts or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Districts and refuges are grouped into a complex structure structure
Something temporarily or permanently constructed, built, or placed; and constructed of natural or manufactured parts including, but not limited to, a building, shed, cabin, porch, bridge, walkway, stair steps, sign, landing, platform, dock, rack, fence, telecommunication device, antennae, fish cleaning table, satellite dish/mount, or well head.

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because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges or wetland management districts. Support staff may include administrative personnel, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, and fire staff that are centrally located and support all stations within the complex. 

Rules and Policies


To ensure your safety and protect wildlife and habitat, all visitors should be familiar with the general regulations listed in the North Dakota Waterfowl Production Areas - Public Use Regulations brochure. Additionally, visitors should review regulations specific to hunting, fishing, or trapping on waterfowl production areas when engaging in those activities. 

Click here to view North Dakota's fishing regulations and guide.


Valley City Wetland Management District
11515 River RoadValley City,ND58072-9619
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Headquarters office location: 2 miles NW of Valley City, along the Sheyenne River.

Office Hours
7:30 am - 4 pm
Refuge Hours
Open Daily
Hours Vary Based on Activity - Consult Refuge Manager