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Fish Springs
National Wildlife Refuge

A male northern pintail stands on the shore of a wetland.  Males have a brown head with a white line coming up the neck. Their black tail is long and pointed.
P.O. Box 568
Dugway, UT   84022
E-mail: fishsprings@fws.gov
Phone Number: 435-831-5353
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Northern pintails pair up with their mates on wintering areas. The male then follows the female to her breeding area.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Refuge staff provides structured environmental education activities for schools and other groups if sufficient lead time is given and staff is available. The numerous wetlands provide exceptional opportunities for wetland investigation.

Hunting for ducks and coots is allowed on approximately 6,000 acres of the Refuge in conjunction with the Utah waterfowl season. Information and regulations can be obtained at the visitor contact station located at the headquarters entrance during the season and at the Refuge headquarters year-round.

The Refuge staff maintains a visitor contact station at the entrance to the Refuge headquarters. General information, Refuge wildlife lists, information on the Pony Express, and other brochures are provided year-round. Seasonal information and announcements about Refuge public use events are posted throughout the year.

The Refuge has a very rich history of human use. For resource security reasons, prehistoric sites are not made public. However, a display of artifacts from some of the sites is maintained in the Refuge office at the headquarters. The Thomas Ranch Watchable Wildlife Area, where the Pony Express and Overland Stage stations once stood is a well known stop on the Lincoln Highway.

Wildlife Observation
The lush nature of the Fish Springs NWR marshes, surrounded by rugged and very arid mountain ranges, make for a photographer's delight. Three blind sites are available outside of the waterfowl hunting season for photography.

Miles of well-graveled and flat dike roads make wildlife viewing accessible to nearly everyone. An 11-mile auto tour route traverses the most vital portions of the Refuge and includes some interpretive signs on wildlife identification. Several miles of roads, not part of the core auto tour route, are also open to the public on a seasonal basis. The Thomas Ranch Watchable Wildlife Area, located 3/4 of a mile north of the Refuge headquarters, offers a shady spot for a relaxing break. It is equipped with several picnic tables, and a public rest room, and is an excellent place to find wintering bald eagles and spring songbird migrants.

The Refuge is open to the public use during daylight hours. Office hours are from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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