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National Wildlife Refuge

The desert tortoise is one of the animals that has adapted to desert living.
Office - 317 Mesquite Avenue
Needles, California 92363, AZ   
E-mail: al_murray@fws.gov
Phone Number: 760-326-3853
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Sport fishing is permitted in all waters open to the public except those areas designated by sign or barrier as being closed. State and federal fishing laws and regulations apply.

Public hunting on Havasu NWR is permitted in specified areas. Hunting shall be in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations, along with the following special regulations and conditions:

Hunting is prohibited within 1/4 mile of any developed area or concession operation.

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Wildlife Observation
Wildlife observation and photography are only a couple of recreational pasttimes at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you are canoeing, boating, or hiking, this desert oasis attracts many overwintering waterfowl and migrating songbirds.

Each year, thousands of visitors launch their boats to explore Topock Marsh. You will find excellent canoeing, fishing and waterbird watching here.

The breathtaking Topock Gorge attracts many willdife viewers in boats to this favorite destination. The Havasu Wilderness extends down to the bankline on both the Arizona and California sides of the river. Boats may enter at either end of Topock Gorge and operators must be alert thoughout the canyon to close 2-way traffic.

Havasu Wilderness area offers quiet desert beauty for the prepared hiker. The first rule is to bring plenty of water.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.

1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Respect wildlife.
6. Be considerate of other visitors.

For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)

The refuge office in Needles, CA is open Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4 pm.

To protect floating nest birds, jet powered personal watercraft are not allowed in backwaters of the main Colorado River channel for the 15-mile stretch from the Island/Castle Rock location, north to the Interstate 40 bridge, buoy line. A small portion of Topock Marsh is closed to all entry annually from October 1 through January 31 to decrease disturbance to wldife. Several Topock Gorge backwaters, identified with buoys, are closed to protect wildlfie.

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