Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Crocker Wind Farm

    Draft Environmental Assessment for Crocker Wind Farm now available for public comment until April 24, 2018

    Draft EA for Crocker Wind Farm

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    Losing Ground

    From 2006-2011 1.3 million acres of grasslands were plowed up in the midwest.

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    Changing Colors

    Native prairie changes color with the seasons - pink, purple, gold and red fill the grasslands with color. Who needs trees?!

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    Fall is for Hunting

    Hunting seasons are open for many species. Be aware, be safe, be legal.

What's Happening

Crocker Wind Farm

May 12, 2018

Draft Environmental Assessment for Crocker Wind Farm now available for public comment until April 24, 2018.

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Birds in Winter

Cold weather is hard for us but can be even harder for wildlife if they can't find the basics of good habitat: food, water, and shelter. Consider helping out by putting up a bird feeder. Then join in the fun of the Great Backyard Bird Count.


Saving endangered butterflies

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The US Fish & Wildlife Service has listed the Dakota skipper as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling as an endangered species. These enigmatic butterflies require high quality native prairie - a habitat that is disappearing and underappreciated.

Learn more

Contact Us

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge 44401 134A St Waubay SD 57273 (605) 947-4521

Waubay NWR
Things to Do

Enjoying the Outdoors

Waterfowl Producition Areas are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation. Enjoy the great outdoors at a WPA near you!

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Waubay Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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