If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest national wildlife refuge! From birding to whale watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors.
Perhaps the most popular attraction at Sand Lake is the concentrations of migrating waterfowl. Hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, and other migratory birds stop at the refuge every year providing for spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. The refuge is also home to many species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Sand Lake offers several areas specifically set aside for wildlife observation and outdoor enjoyment. The "Wildlife Drive" auto tour route, observation tower, Sand Lake Overlook, and the Columbia & Hecla Day Use Areas provide opportunities for visitors to get up close to South Dakota wildlife.
Sand Lake NWR Wildlife Observation Areas
For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Sand Lake NWR, contact the refuge office.
Birds of Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge