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
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has posted a Draft Environmental Assessment to implement a fire management plan in eastern SD. Click the link below to read the news release. News Release - Eastern SD Fire Management Plan
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
As of April 3rd, the Sand Lake Auto Tour Route and the rest of the refuge roads are open to the public, with the exception of some barricaded areas from Hwy 10 north to Mud Lake dike on the west side, as well as an area along Mud Lake dike. Please contact the refuge office for further information. Contact Us
Click the link below for more information about the upcoming fire training exchange.2017 East River Fire Training Exchange
Click the link below to read about migration events currently happening at Sand Lake Refuge.2017 Spring Migration
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 03, 2017