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District Information

Resource Management

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Managers at Sand Lake use a variety of management techniques to maintain quality Waterfowl Production Areas.

Resource Management

Sand Lake WMD Comprehensive Conservation Plan


The Sand Lake WMD has a Comprehensive Conservation Plan in place to outline management goals and objectives for the next 15 years.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Waterfowl Production Area Regulations

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There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed on Waterfowl Production Areas within the Sand Lake District, from hunting & fishing to photography.

Waterfowl Production Area Regulations
Conservation Easements

Opportunities for Private Landowners

Conservation easements allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to partner with willing landowners to permanently protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region.

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About the Complex

Sand Lake NWR Complex

Sand Lake WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Sand Lake NWR 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