Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

39650 Sand Lake Drive
605-885-6320

Congress established Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in 1935 as a refuge and breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Refuge has 21,498 acres of prime wildlife habitat consisting of open lakes and wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, and croplands. Famed for its spectacular concentrations of wildlife, Sand Lake NWR has been listed as one of the top 15 birding sites in the country. It is also a designated a Wetland of International Importance and a Globally Important Bird Area.

Sand Lake NWR is for people too. Each year more than 75,000 visitors come to the Refuge to appreciate its wildlife and reconnect with nature. Wildlife observation, education, photography, hunting, and fishing are all popular activities on the Refuge.


Reviews

Eric Swain

Rating:
Sunday, July 16, 2017

The refuge is a great place to relax with a nice view from the top of the tower. The tower may sway in the wind, so if you suffer from motion sickness it would be best to go on a day with no noticeable wind. There is a bodega to eat, but birds nests in the rafters make cleanliness an issue. The museum is small but great for kids with many things that small children can touch.

Justin Reinbold

Rating:
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017

Awesome place near Aberdeen to visit and check out the tall lookout tower

Sara Stepan

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Beautiful location. Lots of birds.

Chris Kenitzer

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Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Because I can go hunting there

Dan Nickelson

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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018