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Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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 spectacul...
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Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex is comprised of Lake Andes NWR, Karl E. Mundt NWR, and Lake Andes Wetland Management District (WMD). The Complex headquarters is located on the east shore of Lake Andes. Wildlife habitat on the Complex is extremely important to conservation of waterfowl, bald eagles, and grassland birds. The Complex occupies the southern portion of the Prairie Pothole Region - also known as the "Duck Factory." Many ducks rely on this habitat to successfully raise their young. The area also hosts migrant waterfowl populations in the tens and hundreds of thousands during peak fall and spring migration periods.

Wildlife to Watch: 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.

Special Tips: The Karl E. Mundt NWR provides important habitat for 100-300 bald eagles. The Refuge protects one of the most critical bald eagle winter roosts in the country.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Lake Andes

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Lake Andes NWR - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The Lake Andes NWR Complex headquarters is located on the east shore of Lake Andes. From Ravinia, South Dakota, travel 2 miles north on the county gravel road and 1.5 east to reach the Refuge headquarters.

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Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area