Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Nevada

(775) 725-3417

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Overview

The Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas in Lincoln County, Nevada, is located in the Pacific Flyway, and encompasses 5,380 acres. The name, Pahranagat, comes from the Pauite Indian word meaning "valley of shining waters." Established to provide habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl, the refuge is a unit of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Refuge habitat ranges from cattail marshes to arid Mojave Desert uplands. The refuge's lakes and marshes are a rare sight in southern Nevada.

Map of Pahranagat NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 37.232515, -115.096550

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Activities

  • Boating

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Bird Watching

    Over 230 different species of birds utilize refuge habitats. A bird list is available online or copies may be obtained at the refuge office and at information centers located throughout the refuge. Bird abundance and diversity is highest during spring and fall migrations when large numbers of songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors are present.

  • Camping

    Camping is permitted along the east shoreline of the Upper Lake. Please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a popular activity. Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is available. Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is available. Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is permitted along the east shoreline of the Upper Lake.

Seasonality/Weather

Seasonal temperatures vary greatly with the region, from hot summers to cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 90 degrees during the day, with winter daytime temperatures only about 40 degrees. The average warmest month is July, with the average coolest month being December. The average wettest month is March.

Directions

Driving

The refuge is located approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Travel to the Refuge from Las Vegas on Highway 93 North, turning west at the refuge sign

Phone Numbers

Primary

(775) 725-3417

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