Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Ruby Valley

#42 of 53 in Wildlife in Nevada
The Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern Elko County and northwestern White Pine County in the northeastern section of the state of Nevada in the western United States. Established in 1938, it encompasses 37632acre of wetlands in Ruby Valley, just east of the Ruby Mountains and just south of Harrison Pass. It is 16mi long, up to 3mi in width, and lies at an elevation of 6000ft. Once the bed of a 200ft deep lake, it is now a network of spring-fed marshes and shallow ponds serving as a habitat for hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and mammals.
The Refuge is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A Visitor's Center and auto-tour route allow for discreet viewing of waterfowl.
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  • We tent camped at the South Ruby Lake Campground. This is a nice campground with tall pinion pines throughout and potable water. Towards the end of the season the water system is shut down so...  more »
  • If bird watching is your thing then the Ruby Lake NWR is the place for you! It was amazing to just sit and watch and listen to the variety of birds around. The valley itself is also beautiful. Pack a....  more »
  • It's a wonderful place to go fishing
  • I only spent about a day here, but really enjoyed it! I saw a number of interesting birds and beautiful canals within a short time and everyone is very helpful. Stayed at the ruby campground which is super close.

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