• Canvasback pair

    Canvasback ducks

    Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a great oasis for breeding Canvasback ducks in the Great Basin.

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  • Sandhill Crane pair

    Greater Sandhill Cranes

    Cranes arrive in March to stake out their territories and engage in mating dances.

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  • Great Basin Rattlesnake 2


    Please drive slowly and watch for snakes migrating across the roads.

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  • Ruddy Duck

    Ruddy Duck

    Male Ruddy Ducks are easily distinguishible by their large, bright, blue bills in spring and summer.

  • Sage Grouse Hen

    Sage Grouse

    Greater Sage Grouse hens convene at the local lek in the spring to watch males display and strut their stuff.

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Refuge News

Duck Stamps Sold Here

Duck Stamp

If you want to do your part to protect nature, a $25 duck stamp is one of the best investments you can make. Since 1934, 98% of duck stamp proceeds have gone towards wetland acquisition.


2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

The 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest will be held Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 2018 at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada. There will be free admission to its 180-acre site for all visitors for this event. Throughout the weekend, enjoy special demonstrations of outdoor wildlife and recreational skills and visit partner information booths to learn how to experience more of what Nevada has to offer.



Wildlife Caught in Fishing Line

Explore, Rest and Play, but please pick up after yourself. Fishing line and Trash left behind can be deadly to Wildlife, especially Waterfowl. If we work together, we can leave a heritage of plentiful and healthy wildlife for future generations of Americans to enjoy.


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Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is looking for Volunteer(s) for Light Maintenance. For a more detailed description on Volunteer Opportunites ...please click on "What we do," / "Get Involved." If you would like to volunteer, please send a letter of interest or inquires for further information to rubylake@fws.gov or call (775) 779-2237.

Boaters Beware!

Notice to All Boaters!

Ruby Marsh

Ruby Lake marsh is a labyrinth of channels, islands, and heavy vegetation. Do Not proceed into the marsh unless you have a GPS unit and KNOW HOW TO USE IT, or you are very experienced in this particular marsh. The main boat channel is poorly marked and many markers are missing. You may not have cell phone service to call for aid. Make sure you have adequate fuel/ batteries/ energy to make it back to the boat landing. Carry with you extra food/clothing/emergency supplies. Have a good flashlight or better yet a spotlight. It is impossible to traverse heavy vegetation; don’t expect to be able to walk out. Don’t expect that someone will be able to find you in the marsh. Think before you head out and be prepared. “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY !!!”

Why we are here

Refuge Purpose and Vision

Canvasback Drake

"...for use as ... a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife." Executive Order 7923, July 2, 1938 "...for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds." 16 U.S.C. § 715d (Migratory Bird Conservation Act)

See the refuge Vision Statement

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.

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