Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Ruby Lake rests in the shadow of the prominence of the Ruby Mountains. A pictersque place perfect for watching wildlife especially many species of birds!

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge lies at the southern end of Ruby Valley in northeast Nevada. Flanked on the west by the rugged and scenic Ruby Mountains, it is one of the most remote refuges in the lower 48 states. The refuge supports 6 wildlife dependent activities including environmental education, interpretation, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, waterfowl hunting, and fishing. The Refuge has an auto tour route with approximately 10 miles of roads for wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, and waterfowl hunting and fishing access. Over 200 species of birds have been documented at Ruby Lake NWR including waterfowl, shore birds, song birds, and many others.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Type of destination
National Wildlife Refuge
Adventure Rating


  • ADA Accesible Facilties
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Restrooms
  • Pets ok (but must be on leash and physically restrained)

Special Notes and Resources

Hours of operation: 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset (2 hours before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset during waterfowl hunting season) There is very limited cellular service and limited amenities in the area. The nearest gas station is about 55-75 miles away depending on the season, road conditions, and weather.