Prairie Winds Trail

Type: Nature Trail
Length: 0.75 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, In Sand Lake NWR near Heda and Houghton north of Aberdeen.
States: South Dakota
Counties: Brown
Latitude: 45.71088   Longitude: -98.30952

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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.

Additional Details

Width: 46 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 1,300
Elevation High Point: 1,310
Year Designated: 2005

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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



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