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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain 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

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