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.


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    Bring a paddle!

    The refuge offers an excellent opportunity to canoe and kayak the Bill Williams River.

    Enjoying the river

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    Refuge Gallery

    View a gallery of images showing wildlife living on the refuge.

    Wildlife of the River

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    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


Social Distancing

During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities are closed and most scheduled events have been postponed. If visiting one of our locations, please ensure public health and safety, by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene. For more information, visit our webpage, FWS Coronavirus Response and call for local conditions.

FWS Public Health Update

Seeking Public Input

April 15, 2021

The refuge is proposing to update the hunting and fishing program and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes that include: changes to hunt/fish unit boundaries and hunt-able species, additions to the hunt-able species list, changes to hunting seasons, additions to methods of take.

Learn more and submit comments

Fire Restrictions

Due to increased fire danger in southeastern California and western Arizona, fire restrictions are now in effect on Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

Learn more

East to West

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
Featured Stories

Rare Visitor


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

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