Ruby Lake

The Refuge was established primarily to protect migratory birds and other native wildlife. Over 220 species of birds have been observed, with 15 species of waterfowl nesting here each year. Mule Deer and Pronghorn are the most commonly seen large mammals on the Refuge.

At approximately 17,000 acres, freshwater marsh is the dominant habitat and what primarily attracts the wildlife for which the Refuge was established. The marsh receives cool, clean water from about 200 springs emanating near the base of the Ruby Mountains.

Although Ruby Lake's primary purpose is to protect habitat for wildlife, here are some ways that you can enjoy the wide open space along with the birds, fish and mammals.


Waterfowl, including ducks, dark geese, coots, snipe, and common moorhens may be hunted in designated areas. Learn More


The Refuge is open year-round to fishing except in areas posted as closed. Learn More

Wildlife Observation and Photography

Any time of year you can see wildlife on the refuge, whether it be flocks of swans on the ice in Winter, nesting ducks in Spring, migrating snakes in Summer, or grazing Pronghorns in Fall. Learn More

Environmental Education and Interpretation

Ruby Lake NWR provides a great opportunity to view and learn about plants and wildlife native to the Great Basin. Learn More

The refuge is open to the public from 1 hour before sunrise until 2 hours after sunset. Camping overnight or parking is prohibited.

Click Here to learn more about the Refuge's Rules and Regulations.

Click Here to visit the official website.