The refuge is open to the public from
1 hour before sunrise until 2 hours after sunset. Camping overnight or parking is prohibited.
Vehicles are permitted only on
designated access roads. ATVs and
snowmobiles are not permitted on the refuge.
Pets are allowed if on a leash or
under close control.
Firearms may be transported through
the refuge in vehicles ONLY when unloaded and cased, or dismantled. Shotguns are permitted in designated hunting
areas during the waterfowl season.
The possession or use of alcoholic
beverages while hunting is prohibited on all National Wildlife Refuges.
Littering, fires, cleaning or
filleting fish, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, fireworks, and collecting
plants and objects of antiquity, including native American artifacts is
Fishing is allowed according to Nevada
State Fishing Regulations and specific Refuge fishing regulations.
Waterfowl hunting on Ruby Lake's South Marsh is
allowed each season following both Nevada State Hunting Regulations (external link) and specific Refuge hunting regulations.
Boating regulations at Ruby Lake
National Wildlife Refuge are the direct result of a lawsuit that reduced the
season and horsepower allowed for boating.
Please pay close attention to these
limitations as they are court mandated.
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Relict Dace, the only native species of fish at Ruby Lake, has reduced and hybridized populations due to introduction of several non-native species. A project is underway to preserve the biological integrity of the Relict Dace.