Certain regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, and for the safety of visitors. Observance of these rules will help make the Refuge a better place for visitors and the wildlife they come to enjoy. The Refuge Manager reserves the right to close all or part of the Refuge to hunting and/or public access at any time. Specific regulations will be posted. The Refuge is also subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.
Please obey the following signs you may encounter at Lacreek NWR:
To report crimes, wildfires, accidents, or to request emergency assistance call:Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge Office: 605-685-6508Bennett County Sheriff dispatch: 605-685-6516 South Dakota Turn in Poachers (TIPS): 888-683-7224
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Trumpeter swans are the largest of North American waterfowl and have a wing span of 7 feet. Although native to the Great Plains, market hunting in the last 19th century decimated the population. Trumpeter swans were re-introduced to the Northern Great Plains on September 15, 1960 at Lacreek NWR.