Bring a paddle!
The refuge offers an excellent opportunity to canoe and kayak the Bill Williams River.
Enjoying the river
View a gallery of images showing wildlife living on the refuge.
Wildlife of the River
Listen for it...
A refuge resident, the Yuma clapper rail can be heard in the marshes making its distinct kek, kek, kek notes.
Wildlife & Habitat
The Nutting's flycatcher, a small migratory bird whose range rarely extends into the United States, has been seen on the refuge. The small bird is a 'life bird' for birding enthusiasts and has been seen at the end of Planet Ranch Road on the auto tour road.
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Help us share the splendor of your local wildlife refuges! Winners will be announced at a reception for the photographers and the general public at the Bill Williams River NWR on Saturday, January 23, 2016. A family friendly event, all are welcome to join us!
Contest Rules and Instructions
Unlike most rivers in Arizona, the Bill Williams runs east to west across the landscape. Ecologically, the river serves an important function as a wildlife corridor. It allows wildlife to travel across the desert landscape expanding their range and establishing new territories. For centuries it has served humans in the same way, allowing Native Americans and many others to travel across the otherwise hostile environment. Wildlife & Human Corridor
Along Arizona's rivers is where 80% of the state's plant and wildlife species can be found. These riparian corridors support an incredible diversity of species.
Page Photo Credits River Landscape / Gary Kramer ©, Clapper Rail / Matt Tillet ©, Nutting's Flycatcher / John West ©, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015