The Marshall County Conservation Board purchased the 95-acre Sand Lake area in 1999 with the assistance of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Approximately $46,000 was donated by more than 220 individuals, businesses, and organizations to allow for the purchase and initial development projects. Sand Lake is an important stopover and wintering area for wildlife. Giant Canada Geese and other migrating waterfowl use the site to rest and feed. Bald Eagles are frequently seen near the area.
Bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, and pike exist in the ponds. Other river species include white bass, yellow bass, green sunfish, carp, big mouth buffalo, yellow perch, and quillback carpsucker. State DNR fisheries personnel assist the MCCB and make recommendations for underwater structures to enhance fish habitat.
Fishing and ice fishing (state regulations apply)
Canoeing, rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks, and electric
Wildlife and bird watching
No swimming is allowed
Operating Hours & Seasons
Sand Lake Hours are 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Open year round.