• Visitor Center rear exterior / © B. Madison, USFWS

    Visitor Center Open Monday to Saturday

    The Refuge' Visitor Center is Open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday! Exhibits, feature films, field guides, etc. are offered

    Plan Your Visit Page

  • Hunter with white Labrador hunting dog / USFWS

    Refuge's 2019-2020 Hunt Season

    Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge's 2019-2020 fall - winter Hunting Season is open September, 2019 through February 15, 2020. Details below.

    Refuge's 2019-2020 Hunting Season Fact Sheet, Bag Limits, and Hunt Area Map

  • Killdeer plover / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Observation Entries

    Find out what birds are being seen at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Daily Observations

Refuge's Seasonal Activities

Current 2019-2020 Hunting Season

Waterfowl female hunter / USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's current 2019-2020 hunting season is open beginning September, 2019 through February 15, 2020. The Refuge's hunting seasons offer opportunities for a variety of game birds, water fowl, and mammal species including deer, feral hog and rabbit. Bag limits apply for each species, as shown in the link below. All hunting information for this season is linked below.

Refuge's 2018-2019 Hunting Regulations, Bag Limit Chart, and Hunt Map

Volunteering for 33 Years!

Refuge Volunteer J. Montgomery / USFWS

Dr. James "Jim" Montgomery Jr. is our longtime, invaluable refuge volunteer. Since 1985, Jim has logged over 25,000 hours as a volunteer surveying wildlife at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, here in New Mexico. Volunteers are vital to managing our public lands. Jim is a terrific example of Interior’s volunteers. See the link below for the full story on our amazing volunteer! THANK YOU JIM FOR ALL YOUR DEDICATION TO THE REFUGE!

U.S. Department of the Interior Blog - 25,000 hours and still counting

Refuge' Visitor Center Hours

Visitor Center back window view / USFWS

Come in today and enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's beautiful Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center. This refuge is home to amazing diversity of wildlife! Our informative Visitor Center has various exhibits and feature films to introduce you to these wildlife species. The Visitor Center hours are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call ahead at (575) 625-4011 to verify if the Visitor Center is open on your visit. If you are interested in Volunteering in our comfortable, air conditioned Visitor Center, or on the refuge grounds; we would appreciate your help! If you enjoy meeting and talking with people, please consider volunteering at Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge.

Visitor Center Interior View!

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