Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Management of Wetlands

    Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    The core document that describes Red Rock Lakes NWR, its mission, goals and methods.

    Comprehensive Conservation Plan

  • Arctic Grayling Recovery

    Arctic Grayling

    The population of endangered grayling at Red Rock Lakes--the only place outside of Alaska where this fish can be found--has been growing.

    Arctic Grayling

  • Virtual Tour

    Refuge Virtual Tour

    Take an interactive tour with 360 degree panoramas to view the splendor of the Refuge and Centennial Valley.

    Red Rock Lakes Virtual Tour

  • Photo Gallery  Crocus

    Refuge Photo Gallery

    View images displaying the refuge's beauty and its diversity of life and geology.

    Refuge Gallery

  • Notice for Public Comment

    We are seeking public comment on the proposed addition of a management technique for upland restorations and improved management of invasive plants.

    Notice of Public Comment

What's New?

A Moratorium on Big Game Hunting Special

During the 2017 hunting season the Refuge will not administer a special hunt. We have successfully moved elk back into timbered areas off refuge by allowing 2 hunters per day access to the special hunt area from November 1-5 and 13-17 each of the last four years.

A Moratorium on Big Game Hunting Special Permit

Road Conditions

July 12, 2016

Normal summer driving conditions exist throughout the Refuge and Centennial Valley. Roads are rough, and it is highly advisable to have 10 ply tires and tire repair kits in your vehicle in case of rock puncture flats. Remember, off-road travel is not allowed.

Arctic Grayling not listed.

It has been decided NOT to list the Arctic Grayling under the Endangered Species Act. Read press release here.

Arctic Grayling not listed
Refuge Driving Tours

Refuge Drives

South road 150

Plan your own driving tour through the beautiful refuge.

Click here for tour information.

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