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    Check out our refuge photo gallery for an up-close view of Sand lake wildlife

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    Fishing Regulations

    Sand Lake NWR offers fishing at five locations on the refuge.

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    Hunting Regulations

    Hunting is allowed on Sand Lake NWR, but there are specific refuge rules and regulations in place.

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Auto Tour Route Partially Open

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.

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About the Complex

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge 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

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Page Photo Credits — Northern Shoveler - Tom Koerner/USFWS, Blue-Winged Teal - Tom Koerner/USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2016
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