Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge

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Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge


(435) 831-5353

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Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located at the southern end of the Great Salt Lake Desert, was established in 1959 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering birds. Totaling 17,992 acres, the Refuge supports 10,000 acres of lush spring fed wetlands, a critical habitat in the arid Great Basin. The springs are brackish and warm. Nearly 280 species of birds have been recorded on the Refuge. Waterfowl populations can peak at more than 20,000 birds and a substantial shorebird migration can be observed during spring and fall. Fourteen different birds of prey species are normally recorded annually. Many native mammals and reptiles can be found in the rich environs of the Refuge. The Refuge is named for the native Utah chub that is found throughout the Refuge springs and impoundments. The Refuge has a very rich cultural history. Occupation by Native American tribes is thought to have occurred more than 10,000 years ago, and evidence of several different Native American cultures is found throughout the Refuge. Modern day inhabitation dates back to 1861 when the Pony Express maintained a station at what is today the Thomas Ranch Watchable Wildlife Area. It was followed by the Central Overland Stage and the nation's first transcontinental automobile highway, the Lincoln Highway.

Map of Fish Springs NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 39.849535, -113.371010



  • Boating

    Boating is allowed August 16th to April 14th (no gas motors) on areas open to the public. Boating is closed from April 15 to August 15. The water is very shallow 6 to 12 inches in most areas.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There is an 11 mile self guided auto tour route which is open all year. Interpretive signs are provided along this route.

  • Historic Sites

    Wildlife observation, photography, and hiking are permitted except where restricted by signs.

  • Hunting

    Hunting Waterfowl hunting is allowed at Fish Springs NWR. Please reference the current Utah State hunting proclamation for regulations regarding waterfowl hunting. All applicable State and Federal regulations apply.

    Hunters are reminded to have their HIP # and sign your duck stamp. You will be cited for hunting without these. Also be sure to read the current Utah Waterfowl Guidebook. Utah Hunter's - you can get your Utah HIP online. Once you get your license go to internet site or you can call toll-free 1-877-882-4744.



From Salt Lake City, follow Interstate 80 west to the junction of Utah Highway 36 at Exit 99. Take Utah Highway 36 south for approximately 40 miles to the intersection of the Pony Express Road, just east of Faust. Turn right and follow the gravel road for approximately 61 miles to the Refuge entrance. From Delta, take U.S. Highway 6 north to the intersection with Utah Highway 174. Turn left on Utah Highway 174 and follow approximately 42 miles to the end of the paved road. Continue straight on the gravel road for approximately 15 miles to the junction with the Pony Express Road. Turn left and proceed approximately 3/4 mile to the Refuge entrance. The Refuge headquarters is approximately seven miles from the east entrance.

Phone Numbers


(435) 831-5353