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National Wildlife Refuge

66600 Cibola Lake Road
Route 2, Box 1
Cibola, AZ   85328
E-mail: bill_seese@fws.gov
Phone Number: 928-857-3252
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Cibola NWR provides opportunities to fish for the following species: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, crappie, sunfish, tilapia, and common carp. Possession of the Colorado River fishing stamp allows licensed anglers of either California or Arizona to fish any open area on the refuge.

Cibola Lake and adjoining lands are closed to all activities between Labor Day to March 15 in order to provide a safe and undisturbed area for the wintering waterfowl. Fishing, however, is permitted in a boat on the main channel of the Colorado River and all land and water to the west.

Public hunting on Cibola NWR is permitted in specified areas. Hunting opportunities are available for the following species: Canada geese, snow geese, ducks, coots, gallinules, Gambel's quail, mourning and white-winged doves, mule deer (bow, gun, muzzle loader), and cottontail rabbits. Hunting shall be conducted in accordance with all applicable state and Federal regulations along with the following special regulations. See the refuge Hunt Brochure for more information including areas open to hunting.

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General information and displays are available at the refuge headquarters and visitor center. An auto tour route near the refuge headquarters offers the opportunity to see waterfowl, mule deer, and other wildlife.

Wildlife Observation
The auto tour provides an excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing and photography during the winter. Visitors should remain in or near their cars to avoid disturbing wildlife. Birdwatchers may want to drive to Cibola Lake on the eastern levee road, where a bluff overlooking the lake provides an opportunity to see herons, pelicans, and other birds.

The headquarters and visitor center office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Cibola lake is closed to public entry between Labor Day and March 15.

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