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Devils Lake
Wetland Management District

A small flock of redhead ducks takes flight from a wetland.  The male redheads have a crimson-colored head and a bluish-gray beak with a black tip. The females are brown.
221 2nd Street West
P.O. Box 908
Devils Lake, ND   58301
E-mail: devilslake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-662-8611
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The Devils Lake Wetland Management District protects the last remaining undrained wetland complexes in northeastern North Dakota.
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Devils Lake Wetland Management District

Devils Lake Wetland Management District (WMD) is located in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States. The District was established in 1962 to purchase and protect wetland habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife in northeastern North Dakota. One of the primary objectives of Devils Lake WMD is to provide wetland and grassland habitat for waterfowl in the spring and summer for nesting and feeding. The other primary objective is to provide migration habitat for waterfowl in the spring and fall.

The District manages 209 waterfowl production areas (WPA) totaling 48,066 acres, 154,957 acres of wetland easements, 3,740 acres of grassland easements, and 18,666 acres of easement refuges.

Getting There . . .
The Devils Lake WMD office is located in the city of Devils Lake, North Dakota at 221 2nd Street West. Devils Lake is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and North Dakota. Highway 20 approximately 90 miles west of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Wildlife and Habitat

Devils Lake WMD is home to all of the waterfowl species found in the Prairie Pothole Region.

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Two major geological areas divide Devils Lake WMD.

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Management Activities
The mission of Devils Lake WMD is to protect, restore, manage, and enhance a network of grasslands and wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland- and prairie-dependent wildlife species. The District also provides opportunities for compatible wildlife-dependent recreation and education.

Management activities at Devils Lake WMD focus on improving grassland habitat, controlling noxious weeds, and wetland development, management, and protection. Management activities include haying, mowing, grazing, farming, prescribed fire, rest, and water level manipulation. Noxious weed management includes the use of biological, chemical, and mechanical controls.

Protection of wetland habitat on private lands is also a primary objective at Devils Lake WMD. On these wetland easements, wetlands are protected through perpetual easement contracts that prevent burning (except as needed to maintain wetland health), draining, filling, or leveling wetland basins.

Other activities conducted at Devils Lake WMD include wildlife censuses; research; wetland restoration and management; predator management; watershed management; coordination with local, State, and Federal agencies; partnerships with private groups; and land acquisition.