November 20, 2013:The refuge is currently finishing repairs to the water delivery system and running tests on the new pump motor. Tentatively, we anticipate being open for hunting beginning on Saturday, December 7, 2013. We will not be taking reservations this year. All hunters who wish to participate in the daily lottery drawing for an available blind must be present one hour and thirty minutes prior to legal shooting time. Waterfowl blinds will be available during the remainder of the waterfowl season on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only, before sunrise to noon MST.
October 31, 2013:
Due to the lapse in appropriations, the repair of the pump at Pintail Slough was delayed. The contractor now has until November 24, 2013 to complete the repairs. September 16, 2013: The contract has been let for repair of the red pump and the contractor has until November 8, 2013 to complete the repair. August 6, 2013: Replacement of the inoperable pump motor has been funded ($25K) and the project is now in the hands of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Contracting and General Services office in Albuquerque. A Contracting Officer will advertise the project for a period of time, followed by the contract being awarded to the successful bidder. Refuge staff are currently chemically treating noxious and invasive plant species in the area to improve overall habitat conditions. We will provide further updates as they become available. June 19, 2013: The pump used to flood the Pintail Slough Unit unexpectedly broke in March. It is estimated it will cost $100,000 to replace it. Realistically, due to budget constraints, the refuge does not expect to be able to replace the pump in time for the upcoming 2013-2014 hunt season. The refuge is hoping to replace the inoperable pump motor now and replace other parts in the future but it is still uncertain as to whether or not this can be done. As an agency tasked with managing the nation’s wildlife resources, the refuge considers fixing the pump a top priority. In addition to being popular with hunters and wildlife watchers, this unit is an important source of food, shelter and loafing areas for migratory birds, especially waterfowl and other water birds. Fortunately, other areas on the refuge are open and available for hunting and wildlife watching. The refuge understands the importance of repairing the pump and we are doing all that we can to make it happen as soon as possible. Please check back to this page for updates.
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Havasu Refuge is within the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route along the western coast of the United States. Hundreds of birds stop here to rest and refuel during their long journey. Many species also breed and overwinter here. Because of its importance to birds, the refuge is considered an Important Bird Area in the state of Arizona. Come out and enjoy Havasu National Wildlife Refuge -- it's definitely for the birds.