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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Pahranagat NWR was established to provide habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl, and other resident wildlife
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.7 miles
Duration: Multiple days
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Overview:  Pahranagat's water originates from large springs to the north of the refuge and is managed to obtain the most value for wildlife.... more »

Tips:  The refuge is a short drive 90 miles north of Las Vegas on state route 93. All the roads to the campsites and along the lakes are... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Upper Lake view

The first stop along the upper lake road that provides a view across the upper lake from the protected cover of lake edge woodlands. Offering lake waterfowl watching and photography, also the woodlands contain many species especially warblers and orioles during migration.

2. Trial across upper lake dike.

This is a great place for birding and fishing. The trail leads around the west side of the lake and creates a loop around the southern portion of upper lake

3. West side of upper lake south loop trail

The trail follows along the west side of the lake between the upland desert scrub and tress along the lake edge.

4. South end of loop trail along dam

This area along the dam is alway a birding hot spot with the lake on one side and the marsh below with trees along the lake edge.

5. South campsites

This area offered many special sightings including our first bald eagle perched in a dead tree, and a spectacular double rainbow.

6. Lake side campsite

Our favorite camp site, out on a small peninsula offering unique views north and south out over the lake.
This was where we watshed the flock of American Pelicans fly over,circle and land on the lake.

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7. End of loop trail at dike

This completes the loop around the south portion of upper lake. Anice shelter for lunch and the park office are located inthis area.

8. Middle Marsh boardwalk

This spot is definitely worth the short trip along the gravel road off of route 93. Many marsh species including Northern Harrier can be spotted from here.

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9. Lower Lake

Driving and/or hiking along the access road at Lower Lake offered many opportunities to see vast flocks of water fowl floating on the lake.