The refuge is open to the public from 1 hour before sunrise until 2 hours after sunset. Camping or parking overnight 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, target shooting, fires, cleaning or filleting fish, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, fireworks, and collecting plants, animals, or objects of antiquity, including Native American artifacts is prohibited.
Report accidents and injuries occurring on the refuge to the refuge headquarters.
Fishing is allowed according to specific refuge fishing regulations and Nevada State fishing regulations.
Waterfowl hunting on Ruby Lake's South Marsh is allowed each season following specific refuge hunting regulations and Nevada State hunting regulations. Hunting of all other animals is strictly prohibited.
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.