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Columbia - Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

39650 Sand Lake Drive

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.


George Vania

Friday, March 30, 2018
3 days of over 100,000 snow geese observed each day. What a great experience. Refuge staff and facilities are very welcoming.

Scott Peterson

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Love this place for birding. Top notch visitor center and the refuge staff couldn't be friendlier and more informative.

Eric Swain

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

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
Awesome place near Aberdeen to visit and check out the tall lookout tower

Sara Stepan

Friday, July 21, 2017
Beautiful location. Lots of birds.

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