Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge
|Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA|
|Nearest city||Lake Andes, SD|
|Area||5,638 acres (22.81 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge is located in the U.S. state of South Dakota and includes 5,638 acres (22.81 km2). The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is part of the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Only 938 acres (3.79 km2) is under U.S. Government ownership with the rest being an easement to ensure greater habitat protection.
Lake Andes is a natural lake that is fed by underground springs and about every 20 years, the lake dries up. Two dikes separate the lake into three sections, allowing better water retention during the dry summers. Over one hundred species of birds nest here including Bald eagles, Ring-necked pheasant, Northern pintail and numerous species of ducks and geese.
- "Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2006-08-16.