Plan Your Visit

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The needs of wildlife come first on National Wildlife Refuges. Public uses, however, may be allowed when they have been determined to be compatible with the purposes for establishment of the refuge. Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge allows a number of wildlife dependent recreational activities on designated portions of the Refuge. Priority public uses include hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and environmental interpretation. 

Lacreek NWR provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife, whether boating, driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the Refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

  • The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Roads throughout the Refuge are graveled and visitors must maintain the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour.
  • No overnight parking is allowed on the Refuge except for Little White River Recreation Area.
  • The non-wildlife dependent activities of boating, picnicking, and camping are only allowed at the Little White River Recreation Area.
  • Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public.
  • Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged.
  • Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals.
  • Bicycling and horseback riding is allowed on signed Refuge public access routes open to motor vehicles.
  • Fishing is allowed within designated areas of the Refuge in accordance with state regulations.
  • Sport hunting is permitted on the Refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the South Dakota state hunting regulations. Special Refuge¬†hunting regulations also apply.
  • Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32), i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.
  • Other prohibitions on the Refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; alcoholic beverages; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.

Lodging is available in Martin, South Dakota. Listings are available through the Martin City offices at (605) 685-6525 or e-mail them at Telephones, gas and supplies are available year-round in Martin, SD.

For driving directions, please visit our "Directions" page.

For questions about recreation, please contact the refuge office.