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Please contact the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge office with any questions or for additional information about the refuge. 

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge / Wetland Management District

Headquarters Address:       
39650 Sand Lake Drive 
Columbia, SD 57433 

Phone: 605-885-6320
Fax: 605-885-6333 

Project Leader:      
Todd Frerichs 

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Sand Lake NWR Conditions & Migration Report

04/04/2024 Sand Lake NWR area Migration Report:

Sand Lake NWR is holding approximately 15,000 Snow Geese.  However, this number seems to be changing daily.  Some days there are more, some days less.  Large groups of Snow Geese have also been observed using other northeastern Brown County wetlands.

Waterfowl watchers will find all the duck  and dark geese species using the Refuge and surrounding habitats.

Many Eagles can been seen around the Refuge.  There are also several Eagle nests scattered on and around the Refuge.

The Refuge is now mostly ice free and it appears it will be staying that way as above freezing temperatures and rain are in the forecast for the next 10 days, so we anticipate the bulk of the Snow Goose migration will be over during this time.

Unless a major change occurs, this will be the last migration report until this fall.



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