Finally, a sigh of relief for Nevada in 2016! Winter snow and spring rains have provided near normal water levels this year, which is more promising than the past few years for the Carson River watershed.
The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District announced an 85% allotment to water users in the Lahontan Valley, a 65% increase from last year. This will have a positive impact on wildlife, migratory birds and public use on the refuge, and we WILL have water flowing to the hunt zone this fall! Water deliveries are underway, with sanctuary wetlands holding the most water for shorebirds and nesting season.
Wildlife-dependent recreation permitted at Stillwater NWR includes: wildlife observation, hunting (in season), environmental education, interpretation and photography. Please remember that Wildlife Comes First on a refuge, so if your actions cause animals to move or change their behavior, then you are creating a disturbance and should move away or modify your actions. Wildlife harassment is harmful and illegal.
Click this link for the current NV water supply outlook report, updated monthly . Here you will find snowpack and water flow measurements from the USDA/Natural Resource Conservation Service office in Reno NV.
The link (Learn More) below shows the most current map of refuge wetlands. Water is now flowing north of Division Road into the Goose Lake unit, within the refuge hunt area. Updates will be posted during the season as conditions change.