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

  • CCP1

    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

2020 Pheasant Hunting Conditions - Update

Please click the link below for current pheasant hunting information.

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2020 Sand Lake Refuge Archery Season Changes

The Refuge Archery season will open September 1st, 2020 to align with the statewide archery season. Click the link below for more information regarding Refuge road closures.

Visitor Activities

Refuge Roads

The Auto Tour Route and all Refuge roads are closed for the season, as of November 13th, 2020. Contact the Refuge office for more information.

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Fall Migration Reports

Wildlife and Habitat3

Click the link below to read about current fall migration events at Sand Lake.

Fall 2020 Migration Reports
Refuge News

Visitor's Center Closed

"As a public heath precaution, the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center and all public restrooms are temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors. The observation tower and picnic areas remain open for public use. Please contact the staff at for more information."

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