Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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

Hunting and Fishing Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on nine national wildlife refuges across the country in 2021. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure at the link below for information and regulations associated with these activities.

Waubay NWR Hunting and Fishing Information

Cooperative Agriculture Opportunities for Grazing on Waterfowl Production Areas

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District, Waubay, South Dakota has cooperative agriculture opportunities for grazing on Waterfowl Production Areas in Clark, Codington, Day, Grant, Marshall and Roberts counties for up to five years. Applications may be requested by calling 605/947-4521 or emailing brad_johnson@fws.gov. To be considered, applicants must complete and submit the bid form/application. Applications must be received by April 16, 2021. Successful applicants will be selected through an open and competitive process. All applicants will be notified by April 23, 2021. For more information, please contact Refuge Manager Brad Johnson at 605-947-4521 or brad_johnson@fws.gov.

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