Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • Sandhill Crane pair

    Greater Sandhill Cranes

    Cranes arrive in March to stake out their territories and engage in mating dances.

    Learn more

  • Great Basin Rattlesnake 2


    Please drive slowly and watch for snakes migrating across the roads.

    Reptiles and Amphibians page

  • Ruddy Duck

    Ruddy Duck

    Male Ruddy Ducks are easily distinguishible by their large, bright, blue bills in spring and summer.

  • White Wagtail

    Wildlife Viewing

    This White Wagtail was the first recorded sighting in Nevada. What will you see birdwatching at Ruby Lake?

    Observation and Photography page

Refuge News

South Ruby Campground Fire Restrictions

no campfire

Fire restrictions are in effect for Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Nevada Fire Restrictions

Duck Stamps Sold Here

Duck Stamp

If you want to do your part to protect nature, a $25 duck stamp is one of the best investments you can make. Since 1934, 98% of duck stamp proceeds have gone towards wetland acquisition.

We would appreciate your help!

Wildlife Caught in Fishing Line

With such a small staff at the refuge, we can't be everywhere every day. If you come across any hazardous conditions on the refuge, contact us so we can check it out. If you see fishing line and/or trash left behind, please pick it up and toss it in one of the many trash containers on the refuge. Fishing line and trash can be deadly to wildlife, especially waterfowl. If we work together, we can leave a heritage of plentiful and healthy wildlife for future generations to enjoy.

Boaters Beware!

Notice to All Boaters!

Ruby Marsh

Ruby Lake marsh is a labyrinth of channels, islands, and heavy vegetation. Do Not proceed into the marsh unless you have a GPS unit and KNOW HOW TO USE IT, or you are very experienced in this particular marsh. The main boat channel is poorly marked and many markers are missing. You may not have cell phone service to call for aid. Make sure you have adequate fuel/ batteries/ energy to make it back to the boat landing. Carry with you extra food/clothing/emergency supplies. Have a good flashlight or better yet a spotlight. It is impossible to traverse heavy vegetation; don’t expect to be able to walk out. Don’t expect that someone will be able to find you in the marsh. Think before you head out and be prepared. “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY !!!”

Why we are here

Refuge Purpose and Vision

Canvasback Drake

"...for use as ... a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife." Executive Order 7923, July 2, 1938 "...for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds." 16 U.S.C. § 715d (Migratory Bird Conservation Act)

See the refuge Vision Statement

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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