Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge lies at the southern end of Ruby Valley in northeast Nevada. Flanked on the west by the rugged and scenic Ruby Mountains, it is one of the most remote refuges in the lower 48 states. The refuge encompasses 39,928 acres of marsh, meadows, grasslands, and brush covered upland habitats. The Ruby Valley is at an elevation of about 6,000 feet.
Important Announcements
  • Harrison Pass is open but conditions can change rapidly. Please use caution when planning to take this route to the refuge.
  • Part of the Auto Tour Route (Long Dike Road between Unit 13 and Unit 20) is closed to vehicles until further notice to protect breeding waterfowl.
  • Boating on the refuge is closed until June 15th. There is a good deal of open water throughout the Marsh right now and the Collection Ditch remains open water.
  • The Visitor Center is open M - F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding federal holidays. However, we are a small staff and may temporarily close the Visitor Center if we are needed in the field.
  • Contact us: Please feel free to email us at for current conditions or with any questions. Unfortunately, our phone service is not working at present, apologies!

Location and Contact Information

      About Us


      Ruby Valley is rich in history. Evidence of prehistoric people who roamed throughout northeastern Nevada can be found all along the west side of the refuge, in the Ruby Mountains. The numerous springs in and around the refuge provide abundant food sources including game animals, seeds, nuts, and roots.  

      What We Do

      • Resource Management
      • Conservation
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      • Partnerships

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