Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge

  • Country: 
    United States of America
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    8,700 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    45°45'N 98°15'W
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Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge. 03/08/98; South Dakota; 8,700 ha; 45°45'N 098°15'W. A large freshwater cattail marsh, it provides critical nesting and staging habitat for many different bird species. The number of migrating waterfowl using the large wetland complex often exceeds 20,000 and includes such birds as Mallards, Wood ducks and Canada geese. Sand Lake is also important habitat for reptiles, amphibians, fish, and mammals. Thousands of people from birdwatchers to anglers and hunters to hikers to school groups visit Sand Lake Refuge each year. Ramsar site no. 957. Most recent RIS information: 1998.

Administrative region: 
South Dakota

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Wildlife Refuge - Sand Lake
  • Last publication date: 


Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)