Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

District Information

Request for Public Comment

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is soliciting public comments on whether to allow the exchange of 3 wetland areas protected by FWS easement.

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Resource Management

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Managers at Sand Lake use a variety of management techniques to maintain quality Waterfowl Production Areas.

Resource Management

Sand Lake WMD Comprehensive Conservation Plan


The Sand Lake WMD has a Comprehensive Conservation Plan in place to outline management goals and objectives for the next 15 years.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Waterfowl Production Area Regulations

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There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed on Waterfowl Production Areas within the Sand Lake District, from hunting & fishing to photography.

Waterfowl Production Area Regulations
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About the Complex

Sand Lake NWR Complex

Sand Lake WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Sand Lake NWR 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.

Learn more about the NWRS