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
As of April 1st, the Sand Lake auto tour route will be open to the public. 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.
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
Due to flooding conditions, a portion of the auto tour route is currently closed on Mud Lake dike as of 5-27-2015 until further notice. East of the water control structure bridge, there are barricades in place on either side of a high water area. Please contact the refuge office with any questions. Contact Us
Click the link below to read about the spring migration events happening at the refuge. Spring 2015 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: May 27, 2015