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.
Auto Tour Route Closed
Sand Lake's "Wildlife Drive" auto tour route is closed for the winter season. It will reopen April 1st (pending road conditions).
Hunting is allowed on Sand Lake NWR, but there are specific refuge rules and regulations in place.
Sand Lake Hunting Regulations
A portion of the "Wildlife Drive" is currently under construction and is closed to the public.Learn More
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.
Learn more about the complex
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
On the Refuge
Click the link below for a list of migratory birds spotted at Sand Lake NWR during the 2014 spring migration.2014 Spring Migration
Sand Lake NWR offers many opportunities to observe a rich diversity of birds and other wildlife.Birding on the Refuge
A year in review of migration events on Sand Lake NWR2013 Migration Reports
Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge staff implements several management techniques to help protect and preserve wildlife habitat.Learn more
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: Apr 16, 2014