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National Wildlife Refuge

An adult trumpeter swan moves across a cattail-lined wetland with five cygnets.
29746 Bird Road
Martin, SD   57551
E-mail: lacreek@fws.gov
Phone Number: 605-685-6508
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The trumpeter swan is a signature species of Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Refuge staff provides educational nature tours for schools and other groups. Contact the Refuge staff to arrange a guided tour or to request teaching materials.

Fishing is permitted on several of the Refuge wetlands, lakes, and ponds throughout the year. Warm water species such as northern pike dominate the fishery, slot-limits on northern pike are in effect. The Refuge also provides rainbow trout fishing. Please contact the Refuge staff for specific information.

The Refuge is open to pheasant and sharp-tailed grouse hunting. The Refuge also provides quality archery and muzzle-loader deer hunting. Special regulations are in effect for all hunting activities. Please contact the Refuge staff for details.

Exhibits and educational videos are available in the visitor center. Informational brochures and Refuge maps are available in the front lobby and at two information kiosks located on the Refuge.

Wildlife Observation
The Refuge offers a 4-mile, self-guided auto tour loop starting at the Refuge headquarters and winding around several large wetlands offering great opportunities to view wildlife. Waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and wading birds are common along the auto tour loop as are deer and muskrats. Auto tour guides are available at the visitor center and provide interpretive information along the route.

Bird Walk Trail (0.2 miles) originates at the Refuge headquarters and takes visitors through wooded thickets and around a secluded wetland. Pelican Island Trail (0.2 miles) provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view American white pelicans nesting on two islands. During late April and early May, visitors can see approximately 1,500 pelican and double-crested cormorant nests located on these islands. Great-blue heron and cattle egret rookeries are also on the islands. Black-tailed prairie dogs, and at times, burrowing owls, are easily viewed near the large prairie dog town north of Refuge headquarters.

Visitor center hours are from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

The auto tour loop, hiking trails, and other accessible outdoor facilities are open dawn until dusk, year-round.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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