Boating on the Marsh
  • June 15 - July 31 ONLY motorless watercraft and boats with battery powered electric motors are permitted in South Marsh. Gas motors must be removed from all boats.
  • August 1- December 31, motorless watercraft and boats propelled with motors 10 hp or less are permitted in the South Marsh.  Please be aware that you are responsible for your own safety.  Ruby Lake marsh is a maze of channels, islands, and heavy vegetation and many of the channel markers are missing.  Do not proceed unless you have a GPS unit and know how to use it, or you are very experienced in this particular marsh.
  • Boats on trailers can be launched ONLY at the Main Boat Landing and Narciss Boat Landing.  Canoes or cartop boats can be launched ONLY at the Main Boat Landing, Narciss Boat Landing, Gravel Pit Pond and Brown Dike.
  • Boats may be stored at the Main Boat Landing, Narciss Boat Landing, Gravel Pit Pond and Brown Dike from JUNE 1 through DECEMBER 31.  Trailers may NOT be stored on the refuge.
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.

Elevation: 6000 feet
Size: 39,928 acres
Environment Type: Marsh, meadows, grasslands, and brush covered uplands


Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

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      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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