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Valley City
Wetland Management District

A waterfowl production area sign delineates this wetland as part of the Refuge System. Vegetation grows thick around this wetland, providing shelter for a variety of wildlife
11515 River Road
Valley City, ND   58072
E-mail: valleycitywetlands@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-845-3466
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The lands and waters in Valley City Wetland Management District are managed to preserve wetland habitat and to increase the production of migratory birds, mainly waterfowl.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Valley City WMD has a very active environmental education program. A variety of both indoor and outdoor programs and activities are available for students, organizations, and other members of the public. Programs and activities can be tailored to your specific needs. Noteworthy annual events include the Barnes County Youth Outdoors Festival (J.A.K.E.S. Day), Valley City Christmas Bird Count, and Cub Scout Fishing Day. In March 2001, the Barnes County Junior Naturalist Club was formed in cooperation with the Barnes County Wildlife Federation. This is a club for youth ages 8 to13 who are interested in wildlife and the outdoors. The club meets once a month to participate in a wide variety of activities. Please contact the WMD staff for more information.

A wide variety of hunting and fishing opportunities exist on many WPAs. In recent years, the exceptionally high water levels on several WPAs have allowed yellow perch populations to flourish and reach "frying pan" size. Fishing is permitted on all WPAs in accordance with North Dakota State Game and Fish Department regulations.

A wide variety of hunting and fishing opportunities exist on many WPAs. Several duck and goose species, as well as large numbers of tundra swans, use these lands during the fall migration. Upland game species found on many WPAs include ring-necked pheasants, gray partridge, mourning doves, and sharp-tailed grouse. The sprawling grasslands and dense shelterbelts found on many WPAs also provide secure cover for white-tailed deer, rabbits, and predators, such as fox and coyote. Hunting and trapping is permitted on all WPAs in accordance with North Dakota State Game and Fish Department regulations.

Numerous exhibits are available at the visitor center. Visitors can obtain a variety of brochures, maps, and printed material at the District headquarters. Visitors can take a self guided tour at the District Headquarters.

Wildlife Observation
WPAs offer a wide variety of excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Photographers have a never-ending supply of subjects to photograph including wildlife, plants, landscapes, and other interesting features found throughout Valley City WMD.

The Valley City WMD office is open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Outdoor facilities are open daily, year-round from dawn to dusk. We encourage you to stop by and visit.

Entrance Fees
No entrance fees charged for access to WPAs.

Use Fees
The Wetland Management District does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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