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Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Overview

Winter runoff from the mountains and water from springs combine to sustain wetlands in this broad, flat valley in northeast Nevada. Maintained gravel roads on dikes through the marsh provide easy access to great birding in this quiet, out-of-the-way refuge. Bring your canoe and do some fishing too. This is a great place to bird in northeast Nevada. It is a long ways from nowhere, but it is a beautiful place with good birding.

Link to Map.

Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Location

Visitors must drive at least 20-30 miles on gravel roads to reach the refuge. Harrison Pass Road is a steep, rough, and winding gravel road not passable in winter and is never recommended for large trailers or motor homes. Check with refuge headquarters about road conditions, especially November through May.

Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

From Elko: Drive southeast on State Route (SR) 227 for 7 miles to SR-228. Turn right and drive south on SR-228 for 21 miles to Harrison Pass Rd. Turn left and drive east on Harrison Pass Rd for 15 miles to SR-767. Turn right and drive south on SR-767 for 10 miles to refuge headquarters. Watch for signs.

From Ely: Drive west on US Hwy 50 for 29 miles to SR-767. Turn right onto SR-767 and drive north for 50 miles to the refuge.

From Eureka: Drive east on U.S. Hwy 50 for 48 miles. Turn left onto SR-767 and drive north for 50 miles to the refuge.

Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Hours

The refuge is never locked, but it is a day-use area.

Fees

None.

Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Historic Structure

Facilities: Few and Far Between

Refuge Headquarters: Personnel usually are on duty at HQ Monday thru Friday, 7am to 3:30pm. Brochures are available outside the office.

Camping: Camping is not permitted on the refuge, but campsites are available at the U.S. Forest Service South Ruby Campground, 1.5 miles south of refuge headquarters. Primitive camping is allowed on Forest Service land anywhere that you can drive at least 300 feet west of SR-767, and also on BLM land east of the refuge.

Great Blue Heron in Ruby Marsh

Specialties

Ducks, geese, swans, shorebirds, raptors, warblers, swallows, and vagrants during migration.

Ruby Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

For More Information

Link to official website.

Happy birding! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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