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    Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge has many interesting insects to enjoy.

  • Pony Express Plaque


    The Pony Express and other historic routes passed through Fish Springs

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    Bird Watching

    298 species of birds have been recorded here. Pick up your bird checklist at the Refuge.

  • Wildflowers


    A wet spring will produce many varieties of wildflowers.

  • Desert scenery

    Desert Scenery

    The barren hills of the west desert have very interesting geomorphology.

Visitor Opportunities

Waterfowl Hunt Opener Conditions

Water conditions: There is water present in all hunting impoundment units for the 2019 waterfowl hunt opener on October 12. This water regime will be maintained throughout the season. As of October 7, 2019, the Shoveler pool is at optimum water level. The Mallard, Curlew and Pintail pools are slightly below optimum water levels. The Harrison pool is dry but water is present in the western marsh close to North Spring. The Avocet Unit was dry throughout the summer but recently started filling and is currently below optimum water level. Water in the Avocet Unit is present around the special access blind areas and western portions of the unit. Water is beginning to fill the northern and eastern portions of Avocet pool and will continue to fill throughout the season. Bird use: Overall waterfowl numbers are average.


Fish Springs Hunting Information

Entrance to Special Use Blind

Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1959 with revenue from the sale of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (Federal Duck Stamps). Hunting is a wildlife management tool and can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife. Please see the link below for Fish Spring NWRs hunting map and regulations.

Hunting Map and Regulations

Popular Activities on the Refuge

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Spring and Fall offer peak birding times. The Refuge is noted as a place of unusual bird sightings.

Popular Visitor Activities
Priority Species

Priority Species


Fish Springs NWR is in the process of developing priority species as part of its Habitat Management Plan.

Priority Species

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