The Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge public use area is open from sunrise to sunset. This area may be closed at times during waterfowl hunting season if necessary to protect wildlife and habitat.
Educational and interpretive facilities are available near the headquarters office. To help protect wildlife and their habitats, recreational activities on the Refuge are regulated.
No overnight parking or camping is allowed. Camping facilities can be found in many of the State Parks throughout the area.
Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged.
At the Complex headquarters, a short nature trail will take you along Lake Andes as it passes through a series of small prairie ponds, skirts the edge of Owens Bay, and through native grassland uplands. The abundance of waterfowl and grassland birds make this an excellent trail for birding.
The Owens Bay Nature Trail is located in our day use area along the shore of Lake Andes on 291st street of Lake Andes, SD.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Rules and Policies
There are plenty of activities on Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Be safe and have fun!
The Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 566 National Wildlife Refuges spanning approximately 100 million acres of lands and 750 million acres of oceans in the United States.