Plan Your Visit


Sand Lake Wetland Management District is located in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region, a prairie landscape marked by numerous wetlands called potholes. Wetland Management Districts are little known, but vital components of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The Sand Lake Wetland Management District office is located at the headquarters of Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The Sand Lake WMD includes Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, wetland and grassland easements, and approximately 45,000 acres of Waterfowl Production Areas in Brown, Spink, McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk, Campbell, Walworth, and Potter counties in South Dakota. 

Waterfowl Production Areas are lands purchased by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with funds from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps and are established to protect and restore waterfowl habitat. Waterfowl Production Areas are open to public hunting, fishing, and trapping in accordance with state regulations. These areas are also open to wildlife observation and photography, interpretation, and environmental education. 

Please see our Rules and Regulations page for a list of allowed and prohibited activities on Waterfowl Production Areas as well as hunting, fishing & trapping regulations. 

Please contact the Sand Lake office for further information.