Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Hunting Reg

    Hunting Regulations

    Hunting is allowed on Sand Lake NWR, but there are specific refuge rules and regulations in place.

    Sand Lake Hunting Regulations

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    Fishing Regulations

    Sand Lake NWR offers fishing at five locations on the refuge.

    Fishing Regulations

  • Refuge Gallary

    Refuge Gallery

    Check out our refuge photo gallery for an up-close view of Sand lake wildlife

    Photo Gallery

On the Refuge

Spring 2020 Migration Update


Click the link below to read about the spring migration events happening at the refuge.

Migration Updates

Notice - Flooded Refuge Roads

The majority of interior Refuge roads are currently flooded due to high water levels. Refuge deer hunters should take extreme caution when retrieving deer during designated retrieval times. Remember - "TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN". Extreme caution should be used when crossing frozen water on foot. The unprecedented high water is also accompanied by unprecedented currents, and most ice should be considered unstable. Contact the Refuge office for further information.

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Refuge News

Tour Route Closed - Oct. 18th, 2019

The Auto Tour Route and Refuge roads will close for the season on Friday, October 18th. Please contact the Refuge office for more information.

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About the Complex

Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Sand Lake NWR National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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