Check out our refuge photo gallery for an up-close view of Sand lake wildlife
Sand Lake NWR offers fishing at five locations on the refuge.
Hunting is allowed on Sand Lake NWR, but there are specific refuge rules and regulations in place.
Sand Lake Hunting Regulations
The tour route roads north of Hwy 10 are open from Hwy 10 to the "Road Closed" barricades. The tour route roads south of Hwy 10 are open. Brown Co. Hwy 5 west of Hecla remains closed. Please contact the refuge office with any questions.Contact Us
About the Complex
The Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of Sand Lake Refuge, located in Brown County, and Sand Lake Wetland Management District comprised of 8 north central SD counties.
Sand Lake NWR is managed as part of the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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On the Refuge
The fishing area at the Hecla Day Use Area is CLOSED until construction is complete on a bridge replacement project on Hwy 5 west of Hecla. Click the link below for further information.Learn More
Click the link below to read about the spring migration events happening at the refuge. Spring 2016 Migration Update
Sand Lake NWR provides critical habitat for nesting & feeding waterfowl, like this blue-winged teal, during breeding and migration.
Page Photo Credits Northern Shoveler - Tom Koerner/USFWS, Blue-Winged Teal - Tom Koerner/USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2016