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Black Hills & Badlands Region
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
LACREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
LACREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
HC 5 Box 114
Martin, South Dakota   57551

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Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1935 as a Refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The Refuge is located in Bennett County in southwestern South Dakota. The Refuge lies in the shallow Lake Creek valley on the northern edge of the Nebraska Sandhills and includes 16,410 acres of native sandhills, sub-irrigated meadows, impounded fresh water marshes, and tall and mixed grass prairie uplands. <P>The Refuge is the home of the High Plains trumpeter swan population, which now totals more than 450 birds. Providing critical wintering habitat for the High Plains trumpeter swan population is a primary Refuge goal. The Refuge hosts one of only two nesting colonies of American white pelicans (approximately 3,000 birds) within South Dakota. The Refuge serves as an important staging area for migrating Canada geese, other waterfowl, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, and neotropical migrants. Black-tailed prairie dogs and burrowing owls are common in the uplands, and bald eagles are frequent winter visitors. <P>
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July 20 Wildlife Photography Bonanza by Michael B. in Tampa, Fl
I have visited Lacreek many times...I live in Tampa, so I especially enjoy the huge flocks & variety of waterfowl in Fall plumage as well as the abundant numbers of pheasant and grouse. Plenty of deer too. Very friendly staff at the Refuge Office.
September 7 by Bob Teichert
I like it just the way it is now,primitive.


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Lacreek NWR is located 12 miles southeast of Martin, South Dakota. From Martin, drive south on Highway 73 for about 4 miles. Turn left onto a gravel road and go east 1 mile, south for 1 mile, then east 7 miles to the Refuge headquarters. Directional signs are located along this route. <P>

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Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
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