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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


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