National Wildlife Refuge
|29746 Bird Road
Martin, SD 57551
Phone Number: 605-685-6508
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|The trumpeter swan is a signature species of Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge.|
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Refuge is located in Bennett County in southwestern South Dakota. The Refuge lies in the shallow Lake Creek valley on the northern edge of the Nebraska sandhills and includes 16,410 acres of native sandhills, sub-irrigated meadows, impounded fresh water marshes, and tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie uplands.
Getting There . . .
Lacreek NWR is located 12 miles southeast of Martin, South Dakota. From Martin, drive south on Highway 73 for about 4 miles. Turn left onto a gravel road and go east 1 mile, south for 1 mile, then east 7 miles to the Refuge headquarters. Directional signs are located along this route.
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The Lacreek NWR staff uses a variety of management techniques to benefit wildlife. Grassland restoration and prescribed fire programs focus on eliminating non-native cool-season grasses and restoring and stimulating native grasses and forbs. Moist soil management techniques are used to enhance wetlands. Moist soil management is conducted by "de-watering" a wetland and then carefully timing the re-flooding; this stimulates the growth of critical plant and invertebrate food resources that provide food for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl.
The Refuge also has an aggressive integrated pest management program to control noxious weeds using a variety of techniques. Techniques include biological control agents, grazing, mowing, haying, and targeted herbicide applications.