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Rainwater Basin
Wetland Management District

Vast numbers of waterfowl fly above and around a wetland, darkening the sky.  Hundreds of other waterfowl float upon the water at Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District.
P.O. Box 8 - 73746 V Rd.
Funk, NE   68940 - 0008
E-mail: rainwater@fws.gov
Phone Number: 308-263-3000
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Millions of migratory birds use the wetlands found in Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
WPAs are available for use as outdoor classrooms by local schools, universities, and other organizations. Staff members are available to assist groups in learning about the wetlands, their management, and the wildlife that uses them. However, no formal educational programs are currently provided by the District staff. Access to areas by buses and vans is by county roads with parking available at each area.

Although the WPAs are open to fishing, fishing opportunities are extremely limited. Many of the wetlands dry frequently enough to keep a fishery from becoming established. Some deeper areas support a limited bullhead and carp fishery.

All WPAs are open to hunting in accordance with all Federal and state regulations. Shallow water with good interspersion of aquatic vegetation and large concentrations of birds makes these areas excellent for waterfowl hunting. Huge concentrations of snow geese occur in the region each spring, providing some of the best snow goose hunting in United States. WPAs also provide pheasant and white-tailed deer hunting opportunities. Trapping is allowed. Please contact Rainwater Basin WMD staff for complete regulations.

Nature trails and viewing blinds are available on the more prominent wetlands for interpretation. Literature specific to the individual WPAs is not available at this time.

Wildlife Observation
Rainwater Basin is known internationally for its spectacular concentration of migratory birds each spring. It is common to view 200,000 or more birds on a single wetland during spring migration. This amazing migration starts each spring with the arrival of snow geese, mallards, pintails, and white-fronted geese and continues until the last of the 500,000 sandhill cranes leave in late April. Other migrants, including shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, and neotropical migrants make frequent stops to the area during the spring and summer. Hiking trails and viewing blinds are set up on several of the more spectacular wetlands. All areas are open to public use with many great opportunities to photograph huge concentrations of waterfowl or individual waterbirds feeding along the shorelines. Tall stands of native vegetation offers a natural blind for photographic opportunities. Portable blinds are allowed, but must be removed daily.

Waterfowl Production Areas are open to the public with no limitation of hours. Camping is not permitted. Parking lots are maintained on each area for public parking. The Rainwater Basin WMD headquarters is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

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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