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Milepost 32, Hwy 93
Alamo, NV   89001
Phone Number: 775-725-3417
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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

The Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas in Lincoln County, Nevada, is located in the Pacific Flyway, and encompasses 5,380 acres. The name, Pahranagat, comes from the Pauite Indian word meaning valley of shining waters. Established to provide habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl, the refuge is a unit of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

More than 230 different species of birds use refuge habitats. The abundance and diversity of birds is highest during spring and fall migrations when large numbers of songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors are present. Refuge habitat ranges from cattail marshes to arid Mojave Desert uplands. The refuge's lakes and marshes are a rare sight in southern Nevada.

Getting There . . .
North on U.S. Highway 93 from Interstate 15 - 70 miles. Follow signs to refuge headquarters.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The diversity of habitats found at Pahranagat Refuge, ranging from Mojave/Great Basin Desert Scrub to marsh and open water, provides excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

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Management Activities
Water at Pahranagat Refuge is managed to obtain the most value for wildlife. Various depths of water support different species of plants favored as food by the various species of migratory birds. The refuge has four main water impoundments: North Marsh, Upper Lake, Middle Pond, and Lower Lake.

The North Marsh/Upper Lake is the largest and is the main water storage impoundment. Water stored here in the winter is used in the summer to irrigate food crops for migratory waterfowl.

The Middle Pond catches and stores water released from the North Marsh/Upper Lake. The Lower Lake is the last water storage unit and impounds excess water from the Middle Pond. Other management programs include habitat restoration and enhancement for numerous nongame bird species.