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Lake Andes
National Wildlife Refuge

When in breeding plumage, the male ruddy duck is primarily rust-colored; has a stiff, black tail; and a bright blue beak.
38672 291 ST
Lake Andes, SD   57356
E-mail: LakeAndes@fws.gov
Phone Number: 605-487-7603
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Ruddy ducks are deep-water divers. Their long tail is an aid both in swimming and courtship displays.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Refuge staff provide "hands-on" educational programs on a request basis from schools and universities. The headquarters site has a day use area complete with a nature trail and interpretive exhibits.

An infrequent fishery in Lake Andes provides minimal fishing opportunity. What can be described as a "boom or bust" fishery is totally reliant on the condition of the lake's wet/dry cycles.

Portions of Lake Andes NWR and all fee title lands in the District are open to waterfowl and resident game hunting. All hunting must be in accordance with state law. No special Refuge permits are required.

Visitor kiosks at the headquarters and at the head of the nature trail provide interpretive materials. Displays are also strategically located along the nature walk.

Wildlife Observation
Fall waterfowl and bald eagle migrations provide excellent viewing and photographic opportunities. Bird numbers remain high throughout the winter if temperatures remain moderate. The Karl Mundt NWR is closed to the public to protect nesting and roosting eagles. Eagle viewing opportunities abound on surrounding properties. The nature trail near the Lake Andes NWR headquarters is a great place to observe a host of song birds during spring migration.

The Complex headquarters is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

The day use area at the Lake Andes NWR headquarters is open dawn to dusk.

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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