Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

  • A mix of photos of birds, people, and wildlife at Waubay NWR. Photos by L. Hubers/USFWS

    Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge

    There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Bees are Cool

    Protect pollinators like bees and butterflies by reducing use of pesticides.

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    Fall is for Hiking

    Fewer bugs and lots of color make fall the ideal time to take a hike.

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    On the Move

    As the days get shorter, wildlife start to feed in earnest to pack on the calories for moving on.

In the News

Facilities closed due to COVID-19

The health and safety of our visitors and employees are our top priority. For this reason the office/Headquarters, tower, and outhouses will be closed until further notice. Refuge trails will remain open, to provide healthy outdoor options for the public. To guide our operational response to COVID-19, the Service is following the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Office of Personnel Management, DOI Office of Emergency Management, and state and local public health authorities. The Service is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers and visitors to our refuges are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM and other health authorities. That includes maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Most importantly, please stay home if you feel sick.

Monarchs - Butterfly Royalty

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Monarch populations have rebounded but they are still in trouble. Want to help these amazing insects? Enter your sightings at Journey North or e-butterfly.org and plant native milkweeds.

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What's the Buzz?

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Bees and other pollinators are declining due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Help monitor these fascinating flying bugs by grabbing your phone or camera and joining Bumble Bee Watch.

Bumble Bee Watch
Things to do

Hunting on the Refuge

Deer hunting seasons start September 1 and run through December 31. Information can be found on the Rules and Regulations page.

Rules and Regulations

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Waubay Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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