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

Important Announcements

  • Harrison Pass is open. Please drive carefully!
  • 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 June 15 - July 31: South of Brown Dike (South Marsh) ONLY, motorless boats and boats with battery powered electric motors are permitted. Gas motors must be removed from all boats.
  • ORUVs: Off-road vehicles are prohibited on all refuge roads east of Ruby Valley Road (County Road).
  • Airboating on the Marsh: Staff will be using the airboat at night during the following periods for biological surveys:
    • Period 1: July 1st – 12th (except for July 4th)
    • Period 2: July 29th – August 11th
    • Period 3: August 26th – September 10th
  • 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 contact us at or 775-779-2237 with any questions.

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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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      • Partnerships

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