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Sand Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

A large flock of mallards lifts off from a wetland already teeming with other water birds.
39650 Sand Lake Drive
Columbia, SD   57433
E-mail: sandlake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 605-885-6320
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Between deep blue potholes of water and scattered pieces of wild prairie lies one of South Dakota's treasures, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
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Settlers arrived in 1887 and brought sweeping changes to the landscape. Farming and grazing depleted essential wildlife habitat, causing waterfowl numbers to dwindle to alarmingly low numbers by the 1930s. Congress established Sand Lake NWR in 1935 to preserve critical habitat for nesting and migrating birds, especially waterfowl.

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