Near Columbia in Brown County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Sand Lake National Wildlife refuge, a 2,498 acre refuge, was established in 1935 to protect critical nesting and migrating habitat for our nation's waterfowl. The James River, which flows through the refuge, was dammed by the Civilian Conservation in the late 1930's to create two lakes - the 6100 acre Sand Lake and the 5300 acre Mud Lake.
Each year, thousands of waterfowl and other birds use Sand Lake as a stop over during migration. Many geese, ducks, and songbirds stay here throughout the summer to nest and raise young. The four distinct habitats on the Refuge - wetlands, woodlands, cropland and grassland - provide excellent habitat for many other animals as well. White-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasants, hawks, muskrats, painted turtles, and many other animals call Sand Lake Refuge their home.
Location. 45° 43.577′ N, 98° 18.361′ W. Marker is near Columbia, South Dakota, in Brown County. Marker is on Sand Lake Dr. ¼ mile from County Highway 16. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SD 57433, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waterfowl (here, next to this marker); Songbirds (here, next to this marker); Sand Lake's Observation Tower The View from the Top (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 3½ miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 3½ miles away); Columbia Marsh (approx. 4.7 miles away); Ralph Herseth (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.