About the Refuge

Stillwater Marsh, with mountains reflecting in the water.

Stillwater NWR: A Desert Oasis for Migratory Waterfowl, Shorebirds, Wildlife and Plants

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Lahontan Valley of north-central Nevada, near the community of Fallon, sixty miles east of Reno.This area has been designated a site of international importance by the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network (external link) because of the hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, such as Long-billed dowitcher, Black-necked stilt, and American avocet passing through during migration.

Also listed as a 'Globally Important Bird Area' by the American Bird Conservancy (external link) and an 'Important Bird Area' by the National Audubon Society (external link), more than 280 species have been sighted in the area. These tremendously rich and diverse wetlands attract more than a quarter million waterfowl, as well as over 20,000 other water birds, including American white pelicans, Double-crested cormorants, White-faced ibis, and several species of egrets, herons, gulls, and terns. The Stillwater NWR wetlands are well-known by birders from around the country.

Resident wildlife such as coyotes, White-tailed antelope ground squirrels, Jack and Cottontail rabbits, Kangaroo rats, 5 species of lizards, a few types of snakes, and many insects can be seen in abundance throughout the seasons of the refuge.

A variety of activities awaits visitors to this 'Oasis in the Desert', but plan ahead and check weather, roads and recent sightings before you go. Click the Visit tab for more details.

The Complex administrative office is located in Fallon at 1020 New River Parkway, #305, in the New River Medical Arts Plaza, off Harrigan Road on the east side of town. Hours are Mon - Fri, 8am - 4:30pm.  Main office phone is: 775/423-5128; press option 1 for the refuge staff directory, option 2 for the NV Realty Field Office. Stillwater refuge is another 17 miles east of Fallon, first on Hwy 50, then St Rt 116 to the refuge boundary.

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