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National Wildlife Refuge

Red-necked grebes are approximately 20 inches in length.  When in breeding plumage, adults have a reddish foreneck that strongly contrasts with white throat feathers.
44401 134A St.
Waubay, SD   57273
E-mail: waubay@fws.gov
Phone Number: 605-947-4521
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A red-necked grebe approaching its nest.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental education programs are available upon request for schools, boy and girl scouts, or other groups. Additionally, three education trunks with information and activities on wetlands, shorebirds, or migratory birds are available at no charge for use in the classroom or at the Refuge.

Fishing is restricted to winter months to protect breeding waterfowl. Motorized vehicles or permanent ice shacks are not allowed. Species likely to be caught include walleye, yellow perch, northern pike, and black crappie. Limits and licenses are regulated by South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

To help manage populations, hunting is allowed only for white-tailed deer on the Refuge. Three deer hunting seasons are available for archery, muzzle loader, and rifle hunters, with licenses regulated by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

Interpretive panels are located along two of the Refuge's wildlife observation trails. Interpretive exhibits and brochures are available at the visitor center. Staff are also available to answer any questions.

Wildlife Observation
Waubay NWR is open during daylight hours for hiking, bird watching, and other wildlife observation and photography activities. Three trails and an observation tower provide visitors with wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. A variety of birds may be observed along any of these trails, especially wetland and woodland species including rose-breasted grosbeaks, orchard and northern orioles, eastern bluebirds, and a variety of ducks.

Waubay NWR is open to the public during daylight hours only. Refuge headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge 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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