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Birding group plan visitKnow Before You Go: Plan ahead if visiting this remote desert refuge.

Fallon National Wildlife Refuge provides recreation opportunities to visitors who enjoy getting away from it all. But a trip to Fallon NWR is not for the casual visitor - it takes a lot of planning and awareness to enjoy viewing the unique landscape and diverse wildlife found here. Regulation of recreation activities allows for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.  The refuge is always open, there are no entrance gates or fees, and there are no visitor facilities within the refuge boundary. 


Visitors may access the refuge via Indian Lakes Rd, to the east of Fallon off Hwy 50 at Rio Vista Road.  Follow Indian Lakes Rd Northeast past a series of small impoundments along a branch of the Carson River. The road becomes Timber Lakes Rd (unpaved county roads most often not signed) and after several miles, you will see a vehicle track branch off to the north, next to the Carson River channel.  There is a refuge entry sign after a few miles. The vehicle track continues up to a set of old corrals, where you can park.  The road does not continue beyond this point and any vehicle travel from here is prohibited.


The second access point is another 3 miles East of the first track, before you turn North.  This track follows an old river channel and winds south, then makes a sharp turn left (North); from this point drive about 1.5 miles until you see a refuge entry sign indicating the boundary. This road continues into the refuge further, going around Duck Lake - which is dry most of the time - and northwest towards Battleground Point.   


Parking is allowed on the main road track or at the entry area; do not park off the road as you very possibly will become mired in the soft sand and alkali playa.  No overnight parking is allowed on Fallon refuge.


Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged, but make every effort not to disturb or harass wildlife as this is illegal. 


Hunting is not currently allowed on the refuge.


Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may not be discharged within the refuge boundary. NO target shooting is allowed.


Other prohibitions on the refuge are no fishing, no dogs off-leash; no OHV/ATV/UTV vehicles; no collecting of plants, animals, minerals, antlers and artifacts.


All public services are available in Fallon, NV. Information is available through the Fallon Chamber of Commerce at (775) 423-2544, or the Fallon Tourism office at (775) 423-4556. 


For driving directions, please visit our Maps page.

For general refuge updates and current road conditions, please call the refuge office at (775)423-5128.     

Last Updated: May 03, 2014
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