Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a great oasis for breeding Canvasback ducks in the Great Basin.
Greater Sandhill Cranes
Cranes arrive in March to stake out their territories and engage in mating dances.
Please drive slowly and watch for snakes migrating across the roads.
Reptiles and Amphibians page
Killdeer and Eggs
Eggs laid in gravel blend well with their surroundings, but have little other cover to protect them from predation.
Why we are here
"...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
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
Help prevent the spread of Quagga Mussels by following these steps:
1. Drain the water from your boat motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the immediate area of the water you are on.
2. Remove all visible mussels and check for rough or gritty spots. These may be young mussels that are hard to see.
3. Flush the boat hull, motor, bilges and other equipment with hot soapy water.
4. Clean all boat, fishing, and skiing equipment with a 5% bleach solution or water hotter than 104 degrees.
5. Air-Dry your boat, personal watercraft and other equipment for at least five days before moving to a new body of water.
6. Do not re-use bait in a new body of water.Quagga Mussel Threat
What techniques and tools are used to help keep the refuge pristine?Learn more
This is a good starting point to your Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge adventure.Learn More
Work is ongoing to provide a historic walk at the Fort Ruby site on the south end of the Refuge.Learn more
Relict Dace, the only native species of fish at Ruby Lake, has reduced and hybridized populations due to introduction of several non-native species. A project is underway to preserve the biological integrity of the Relict Dace.
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016