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Wetland Management District

A female gadwall swims with her duckling.  Female gadwalls are mottled brown in color to help camouflage them during nesting season.
44401 134A St.
Waubay, SD   57273
E-mail: waubay@fws.gov
Phone Number: 605-947-4521
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Waubay Wetland Management District provides prime breeding and nesting habitat for a variety of waterfowl species.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Twenty WPAs are connected to waters large enough to support sport fishing. Most of these fishing opportunities allow for shore-fishing only. Four WPAs: Huppler-Springer (Grass Lake in Codington County); Lee (Swan Lake, Clark County); US1d (Lynn Lake, Day County); and No. Red Iron ( No. Red Iron Lake, Marshall County) have boat landings on Federal or State lands for water access. Some landings may be primitive. Contact Waubay National Wildlife Refuge staff for more information at (605) 947-4521.

Trapping and hunting white-tailed deer, waterfowl, and upland game birds is allowed on all WPAs in accordance with State regulations, seasons, and limits. License and other information can be found at the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks web site at http://www.state.sd.us/gfp

Wildlife Observation
WPAs are wonderful places to explore and discover wetlands of all types. As some of the most productive areas on earth, wetlands are home to many mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. As part of the Prairie Pothole Region, wetlands in this District provide feeding, breeding, and resting sites for large numbers of ducks every year. Spring (late April - May) and fall (late September - October) is the best times to view migrating waterfowl and other bird species. Often large flocks of snow geese and Canada geese can be seen in various parts of the District. Some commonly seen grassland bird species include upland sandpipers; bobolinks; and grasshopper, clay-colored, and savannah sparrows.

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

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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