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  • Canvasback pair

    Canvasback ducks

    Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a great oasis for breeding Canvasback ducks in the Great Basin.

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  • Sandhill Crane pair

    Greater Sandhill Cranes

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

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  • Western Terrestrial Garter Snake


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

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  • Killdeer and eggs

    Killdeer and Eggs

    Eggs laid in gravel blend well with their surroundings, but have little other cover to protect them from predation.

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)

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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.

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Refuge News

  • Quagga Mussel Threat

    Quagga Mussel

    Help prevent the spread of Quagga Mussels by following these steps: 1. Drain the water from your boat motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the immediate area of the water you are on. 2. Remove all visible mussels and check for rough or gritty spots. These may be young mussels that are hard to see. 3. Flush the boat hull, motor, bilges and other equipment with hot soapy water. 4. Clean all boat, fishing, and skiing equipment with a 5% bleach solution or water hotter than 104 degrees. 5. Air-Dry your boat, personal watercraft and other equipment for at least five days before moving to a new body of water. 6. Do not re-use bait in a new body of water.

    Quagga Mussel Threat
  • How is the refuge managed?

    Ruby Lake at the end of the rainbow

    What techniques and tools are used to help keep the refuge pristine?

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  • Prepare for a great visit

    HQ sign

    This is a good starting point to your Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge adventure.

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  • Fort Ruby Project

    Fort Ruby area in winter

    Work is ongoing to provide a historic walk at the Fort Ruby site on the south end of the Refuge.

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Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016
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