• Movie

    New Film!

    Discover the magic of Moapa Valley NWR's wildlife in this new HD film.

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  • Spring Fish Rotator

    Small but Special!!!

    Discover five tiny creatures found only in the warm springs of Moapa Valley.

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  • Moapa Sign Rotator

    When to Visit?

    We're open for the 2017/2018 season. Visit the famous Moapa dace sunrise to sunset Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Hope to see you soon!

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Protecting the Moapa dace

The Moapa dace

Protecting the Moapa dace

When it was established in 1979, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was the first refuge in the country created to protect a fish; the Moapa dace...

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Moapa dace population counts

State of the dace: October 2017

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The most recent snorkel survey count of Moapa dace took place on September 30, 2017, with staff from the Service, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority teaming up to perform a physical count of the fish throughout the Muddy River System. Biologists also conducted the first annual mark-recapture study on Moapa's famous fish.

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About the Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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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