Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District requires no pass or permit to visit the refuge or Waterfowl Production Areas. Certain activities on these areas, however, do require a special permit.

  • Permits

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.  Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law.  Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward. 

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds. 

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits. 

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms. 

    For hunting regulations pertaining to Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, please visit our Refuge website for further information. 

    For hunting on Waterfowl Production Areas, please follow the guidelines in the 2013 South Dakota Hunting & Trapping Handbook and the regulations listed on our Rules and Regulations Page. 

    For more information about permits, contact the Sand Lake office.