The following sport fish species are found on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge: Flathead and channel catfish; largemouth, striped and smallmouth bass; bluegill; redear sunfish; tilapia; common carp; and black crappie.Meers Point Recreation AreaMeers Point Recreation Area, located on the northern shore of Martinez Lake, includes a free boat ramp, boat dock, and ADA accessible fishing dock. You will also find two shoreline fishing locations, covered picnic tables, and restroom facilities. No potable water is available. All facilities are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please remember that Meers Point is a day-use only area. Clear LakeImperial National Wildlife Refuge has a primitive boat ramp located at Clear Lake, near our northern boundary with Yuma Proving Ground on Red Cloud Mine Road. To launch from this ramp, it is highly recommended that you have a high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle. Space is very limited at this location.Fishing RegulationsFishing at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge requires either a California or Arizona fishing license as long as you have a Colorado River Special Use Stamp on your license. This is necessary for any Colorado River fishing you plan to do. If you plan on fishing lakes and backwaters on just the California or Arizona side, you will need the required license for that State. All fishing on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is in accordance with applicable state laws. More information is available from the Arizona Department of Game and Fish or California Department of Fish and Game.Closed AreasThe Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is managed for the benefit of wildlife. To protect wildlife and the habitat they depend upon, several areas on the refuge are closed to fishing, including:
All closed areas are marked by buoys. HazardsBe alert for submerged hazards such as sandbars, rocks, snags, and other river debris. Visibility of hazards varies with water level fluctuations. Sandbars can be particularly hazardous. Changing water levels can hide them one day and make them visible the next. To avoid sandbars, watch ahead for “lines” on the river and go around them. “Follow the flow.” Sandbars can drop off suddenly so remember to watch children and pets as the strong currents can carry them away from shore quickly. Please be aware that cellular telephone service is weak or nonexistent on many areas of the refuge.Keep In Mind:
Helpful InformationArizona Department of Game and FishCalifornia Department of Fish and GameFor more information, please contact the refuge.
The Yuma clapper rail has very specific needs, including marsh habitat where they
can nest and forage on small fish, insects and crayfish. This type of habitat has disappeared from much of the lower Colorado River but is still found on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. The long-legged bird with a short tail
will give a loud distinctive call that sounds like hands clapping rapidly,
hence its name. Through monitoring and restoration efforts, the refuge is
actively working to protect and enhance habitat for this unique and highly