About the Refuge


A great river in a dry, hot land attracts wildlife and people like a powerful magnet. Today, thousands of visitors annually flock to the refuge to boat through the spectacular Topock Gorge, to fish in Topock Marsh, or to hike in the Havasu Wilderness Area.

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, originally named Havasu Lake National Wildlife Refuge, was established by Executive Order by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 for the primary purpose of providing migratory bird habitat.  The refuge is comprised of 37,515 acres along the lower Colorado river in Arizona and California.  The refuge protects 30 river miles and encompasses 300 miles of shoreline from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  One of the last remaining natural stretches of the lower Colorado River flows through the 20-mile long Topock Gorge.