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.

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    Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge

    Anaho Island lies within Pyramid Lake about 30mi north-east of Reno NV. Many colony-nesting birds use its protected shores each year.

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    Caspian Tern

    The island also provides nesting areas for Double-crested cormorants, California gulls, Great blue herons and occasionally, Caspian terns.

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    Cultural Connection

    Ancestors of the Pyramid Paiute people lived in harmony with the natural resources of the area. Click the link for the Stone Mother story.

    Stone Mother story

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    "A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican. . ."

    To protect nesting bird colonies, Anaho Island is closed to the public and boating is prohibited within 1000 feet of the shore.

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    Desert Paintbrush

    A recent study on Island plants is available as a PDF by clicking on the link below.

    Flora of Anaho Island NWR - Kulpa/Phillips; May 2014

Anaho Island NWR - More than Meets the Eye

Eye in the Sky on Pelicans

Nesting Pelicans on Anaho Island from UAS flight

USGS and FWS are experimenting with high-tech un-manned aircraft to survey pelicans on Anaho Island NWR. Click the link below for a birds-eye view of the project!

USGS-Anaho UAS project

Anaho Island Resource Management Plan

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This document guides the natural resource management for Anaho Island NWR for the next 15 years. 2015; PDF, 96 pg. 2mb file.

Anaho Island Natural Resource Management Plan - web version, 2015

Pyramid Lake Recreation

Pyramid Lake fishing

Pyramid Lake is managed by the Paiute Tribe, who require fees and permits for recreational activities. Click on the link for the most recent brochure.

Pyramid Lake Recreation Regulations
FREE Anaho Island NWR Centennial Poster

Free Anaho Island poster

Get your copy of the limited edition 2013 centennial poster for Anaho Island NWR.

FREE! Anaho Island NWR Centennial Poster

About the Complex

Stillwater Refuge Complex

Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Stillwater Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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