Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

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Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge


(928) 667-4144

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With its majestic rock cliffs; its ribbon of cool water running through classic Sonoran Desert; and its cattail-filled marsh harboring rails and waterfowl, Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge offers a little bit of something for both wildlife and people.This 6,105-acre refuge holds one of the last stands of natural cottonwood-willow forests along the lower Colorado River, creating a unique ecosytem that provides good habitat for resident and migratory wildlife. There are few places where one can stand, look at a Saguaro cactus, a cattail stand, and a cottonwood tree together. This unique blend of upland desert, marsh, and desert riparian haitats provides for a diverse array of birds, mammals, and reptiles. This diversity of wildlife includes: the southwestern willow flycatcher, vermillion flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, western tanager, Lazuli bunting, Yuma clapper rail, beaver, bobcat, mountain lion, gray fox, javelina, mule deer,desert bighorn sheep, ringtailed cat, Razorback sucker and bontail chub.

Map of Bill Williams River NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 34.279914, -114.058685



  • Boating

    Boating is permitted only at NO WAKE SPEED. Water skiing and personal watercraft are prohibited. All applicable Arizona boating regulations must be followed.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The delta area, including much of the cattail marsh, can be viewed from several turnouts off Arizona Highway 95.

    The riparian area along Bill Williams River is best seen by driving the road that begins approximately .3 of a mile south of the river bridge and ends approximately 3 miles east of the highway. Please note that this road is closed until further notice.

    Most of the road was washed out by flooding in 1993, but driving is still possible for approximately 3 miles from Highway 95. Visitors are welcome to explore the rest of the refuge on foot. A 1/4-mile long, informative nature trail is open during office hours.

  • Fishing

    Fishing for striped and largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and other fish is permitted on Lake Havasu according to Arizona Game and Fish Department regulations. Please use catch-and-release techniques with any native fish captured and report captures to refuge personnel.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted for dove, quail, cottontail, and desert bighorn sheep, but is confined to the area south of the road. All hunting activities must comply with State of Arizona and federal regulations.

    The hunting of mourning dove, white-winged dove, Gambel's quail, and cottontail rabbit on designated areas of the refuge is subject to the following conditions:

    1. In the field, hunters shall possess and use only nontoxic shot. 2. Only shotguns are permitted. 3. Cottontail rabbits will be hunted only during the dates coinciding with quail season.



To get to Bill Williams River NWR from Lake Havasu City, Arizona follow Arizona Highway 95 south approximately 23 miles. Headquarters are located between mileposts 160 and 161.

Phone Numbers


(928) 667-4144