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Prairie Winds Trail

Location Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, In Sand Lake NWR near Heda and Houghton north of Aberdeen.
State(s) South Dakota
Counties Brown
Type Nature Trail
Length 0.75 Miles / 1.21 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




The 3/4 mile Prairie Winds Trail travels throught distinctive habitat including white-tailed deer, waterfowl, wading birds and songbirds. The trail is partially accessible and includes interpretive kiosks, restrooms, parking, weather shelters, benches, and tables. The trail is of significant historical value in that it is the site of the first recorded Catholic Mass in the state of South Dakota in 1845.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 4/1 - Date Closes: 10/15

Time Opens: 6:00 AM - Time Closes: 6:00 PM


Not Available


Additional Information

Width: 46 inches.

Primary Surface: Gravel

Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 1%

Elevation Low Point: 1300

Elevation High Point: 1310

Year Designated: 2005

Date Last Updated: 06/09/2011


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Gene Williams
Refuge Manager
USFWS, Sand Lake NWR
39650 Sand Lake Drive
Columbia , SD 57433
(605) 885-6320


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