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Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Fascinating Area

We tent camped at the South Ruby Lake Campground. This is a nice campground with tall pinion pines... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Eureka, Montana
Great bird watching

If bird watching is your thing then the Ruby Lake NWR is the place for you! It was amazing to just... read more

Reviewed May 30, 2018
Reno, Nevada
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Oct 7, 2018
“Fascinating Area”
May 30, 2018
“Great bird watching”
Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet along the rugged Ruby Mountains, this recreation area offers many outdoor activities such as wildlife viewing, camping, fishing, bird watching and migratory bird hunting.
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Ruby Valley, NV
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

We tent camped at the South Ruby Lake Campground. This is a nice campground with tall pinion pines throughout and potable water. Towards the end of the season the water system is shut down so inquire about water availability if you are going early or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

If bird watching is your thing then the Ruby Lake NWR is the place for you! It was amazing to just sit and watch and listen to the variety of birds around. The valley itself is also beautiful. Pack a lunch, binoculars, and maybe a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed July 26, 2017

The name Ruby Lake is very deceiving. It is more like Ruby Marsh. There is no swimming. They have wading areas but, YUCK! If you are looking for fishing from a boat or watching exotic birds then this is the place! There is no shade...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank JamieB0810
Reviewed June 6, 2017

Remember this refuge and all other National Wildlife Refuges are bought and paid for from the sales of Federal Duck Stamp monies. This was money well spent on this refuge. This refuge has scenery that doesn't quit and different wildlife around every curve. The snowy...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed October 17, 2015

The winding dirt road through Harrison Pass on the way to Ruby Lake NWR is worth travelling in its own right with mountain and sage vistas opening into the Ruby Valley below. Nature meets human history in the valley with the restored Bressman pioneer cabin...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank MosbyScout
Reviewed October 16, 2015

We were passing by the area and drove by the Ruby Lake Wildlife Refuge. It was mid-afternoon, but there were plenty of waterfowl around. The roads are well maintained so a sedan can easily drive over to the refuge. It's a lovely quiet place to...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank AnaPtx
Reviewed July 30, 2015

This refuge is located in the middle of the desert. It is a beautiful area with many scenic views. Great place to fish or canoe. Enjoyed seeing quite a few Great Blue Heron. Migratory birds use the area from May to July. There is a...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Cherie P
Reviewed March 16, 2015

Remote wildlife refuge in the middle of the desert. Cool place to visit that is a long ways from anything. Warning: dirt road access. Beautiful area, with amazing vistas.

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank jbarm
Reviewed December 16, 2014

A national park in the middle of nowhere. It is so quiet here I always feel like I should whisper when I talk. You get some cell service if you have AT&T. There is a Nevada State fish hatchery that you can get a tour...More

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank phils834
Reviewed October 16, 2012

The Ruby Marshes are a great place to visit. You can learn about the migratory birds or the other wildlife in the area. Wildlife biologists are available to give you directions and there is an amazing fish hatchery that allows tours.

Date of experience: May 2012
1  Thank Michelle S
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