National Wildlife Refuge
|P.O. Box 72217
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone Number: 928-783-3371
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|Scenic image of Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.|
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
The Colorado River and associated backwater lakes and wetlands of Imperial National Wildlife Refuge are a green oasis, contrasting with the surrounding desert mountains. Consisting of over 26,000 acres, Imperial National Wildlife Refuge protects wildlife habitat along 30 miles of the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California, including the last unchannelized section before the river enters Mexico.
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge also contains more than 15,000 acres of federally designated wilderness. Wilderness is protected to ensure that nature, not people is the primary influence on this quiet, scenic place.
In addition to the Visitor Center, Imperial National Wildlife Refuge provides opportunities to hike, fish, hunt, and watch wildlife.
Getting There . . .
From Yuma: Travel north on Highway 95. Near Milepost 47 turn left onto Martinez Lake Road. Follow Martinez Lake Road west for approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto Red Cloud Mine Road and follow signs directing you to the Visitor Center.
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Refuge staff, volunteers, and partnering agencies are working to restore wetlands, protect backwater lakes, manage marshlands and ponds, and farm croplands to provide food and resting areas for winter residents. Some projects include managing ponds stocked with endangered boneytail chub and razorback sucker fish and planting cottonwood and willow trees to replace invasive salt cedar trees.