Huron Wetland Management District

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Huron Wetland Management District

South Dakota

(605) 352-5894

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Overview

The public lands of Huron Wetland Management District (WMD), called Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs), are a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. National wildlife refuges and WPAs are vitally important to wildlife and people. They provide food, water, cover, and space for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and plants. These lands are managed to benefit endangered species, migratory birds, and other wildlife and to provide places for people to learn about and enjoy wildlife. Huron WMD was established in 1992.

WPAs are open to many public activities year-round. Visitors to WPAs can expect to find a rich variety of plant and animal life. If you have the time, a short walk through a WPA often reveals a fascinating world of wildlife. Birds and mammals native to the prairies can be seen easily. During migration, large numbers and diverse species of birds make WPAs a bird watcher's paradise. Wildlife photographers are more than welcome to take photos of the areas. School groups are encouraged to contact the District staff for educational presentations and tours of the various types of habitats found on WPAs. Hunting, trapping, and fishing are permitted on WPAs in compliance with state laws.

Huron WMD is composed of eight WPAs: Campbell, Winter, Trechler, Bauer, LeClaire, Cain Creek, Harter, and Maga-Ta-Hopi.

Map of Huron Wetland Management District

Latitude, Longitude: 44.405948, -98.418102

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Visitors should check with the park office for information about fishing regulations.

  • Hiking

    While observation and photography are available on all of the District's WPAs, the Maga Ta-Hohpi WPA has mowed trails and an observation deck that overlooks a large wetland. From the observation deck, one can easily observe prairie wetland ecology. Located 7 miles west of Huron, the WPA boasts over 2 miles of mowed and paved walking trails. The half mile of paved trail is accessible from the parking lot immediately south of the Huron WMD shop facilities, ¾ miles north of the junction of Highway 14 and 392nd Ave. These trails provide a unique prairie experience, as walking trails are particularly rare in grassland habitats

  • Hunting

    All the FWS lands in the Huron WMD are open for hunting during open hunting seasons. There are small sections around the shop facility that have been closed for the safety of the staff. The use of non-toxic shot is required for hunting small game and water fowl on all federal lands. The WPA's are also open for big game hunting during open season. Please visit the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks home page for season dates and applications.

Seasonality/Weather

The WPAs are open to many public activities year-round.

Directions

Driving

The Huron WMD office is headquartered in Huron, South Dakota, which is located in the east-central portion of South Dakota. From I-90, follow Highway 37 north to Huron (approx. 50 miles). Highway 37 changes into Dakota Avenue once you are in the Huron city limits. Follow Dakota Avenue to Fourth Street SW and turn west. The District office is located in the Federal Building on the south side of the street. Please contact the District staff for directions to individual WPAs.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(605) 352-5894

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