Explore Ruby Lake, Nevada

Paddlers can check out this freshwater marsh through December

Ruby Lake // (c) 2010 Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Ruby Lake // (c) 2010 Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

From June 15 to Dec. 31, paddlers can explore a large freshwater emergent marsh and waterfowl nesting haven along a six-mile marked trail in Nevada's high desert at the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Ruby Valley, Nevada.

Established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, the wildlife refuge is a crossroads for birds migrating west along the Humboldt River to California’s Owens Valley, east to Utah's Great Salt Lake, northwest to the Klamath Basin and south to the Colorado River Valley.

More than 200 springs emanate from the base of the Ruby Mountains providing life-sustaining water to the 39,926-acre refuge. The marsh is surrounded by 22,926 acres of meadows, grasslands, alkali playa, and shrub-steppe uplands.

For off-trail paddling, a GPS is recommended to navigate the maze of bulrush islands. A route map is available at refuge headquarters. Paddlers must provide their own watercraft.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge