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Description - Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southern Nevada. From Las Vegas one travels north through 90 miles of arid creosote bush desert before reaching Pahranagat. The story is almost the same for travelers from the north, west and east except for some juniper and Joshua trees higher in the arid Mojave Desert mountains. Thus Pahranagat with its lakes and marshes is a rare sight. The name "Pahranagat" comes from the Paiute Indian word meaning "place of many waters."

Attractions - Pahranagat is located in the Pacific Flyway, which stretches from Alaska and Canada to Mexico. It is an important stopping point for waterfowl and other migratory birds as they migrate south in the fall and back north in early spring. These migratory birds are attracted by Pahranagat's marshes, open water, native grass meadows, and cultivated croplands.

Camping: Camping, picnicking and overnight parking are permitted only in sites along the east shoreline of the upper lake. Camping, picnicking and overnight parking are not permitted along the east shoreline of the North Marsh. Campfires and cook fires must be confined to fire rings and or grills.

Wildlife Observation: Birds are the most abundant wildlife at the refuge. The greatest variety of birds can usually be found at the North Marsh and Upper Lake. The dense stands of cottonwood trees attract many songbirds. Waterfowl and shorebirds are abundant in the marsh and open water areas. Visitors may walk across the two dikes to get to the west shore. The greatest number and variety of birds are present during March, April, September and October.

Boats: Only nonmotorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted on the Upper Lake, Middle Pond and Lower Lake year-round. The North Marsh is closed to boats, rubber rafts and other flotation devices.

No boat launching facilities are available. Boats must be carried to and from open water areas. Car top boats and canoes are the most popular and suitable for use on the refuge.

Pets: Dogs must be leashed at all times except when used in the hunt area during the hunt season.

Swimming: Swimming is prohibited in all refuge waters.

Vehicles: Vehicles are not permitted off roads or on roads closed to vehicle traffic. Visitors are encouraged to use parking facilities designated on the map.

Fishing: The North Marsh, Upper Lake, Middle Pond and Lower Lake are open to fishing year round. All fishing must follow current State and Federal regulations.

Largemouth bass, black bullheads and carp are the most common fishes found in refuge waters. Bass are most numerous in the North Marsh and Upper Lake; black bullheads in the Upper Lake. Carp are found in most waters.

Hunting: Hunting of waterfowl, dove, rabbit and quail is permitted within the public hunting area. All hunting must follow State and Federal regulations.

Recreation - Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southern Nevada. From Las Vegas one travels north through 90 miles of arid creosote bush desert before reaching Pahranagat. The story is almost the same for travelers from the north, west and east except for some juniper and Joshua trees higher in the arid Mojave Desert mountains. Thus Pahranagat with its lakes and marshes is a rare sight. The name "Pahranagat" comes from the Paiute Indian word meaning "place of many waters."

Climate - 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.

Location - From Las Vegas travel north along U.S. Highway 93.


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Filed By: george (las vegas, nv)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went fishing sunday night. caught one catfish. relaxing but if you're looking to catch fish go to lake mead.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Great place for fishing went two weekend in a row and caught many bass and cat fish depending on which area you fished at. Not many people there very secluded all you have is the freeway close by but you dont notice after a while.

Filed By: Mark (Las Vegas, NV)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Lake right by freeway...nice for a small amount of bird viewing but don't waste your time fishing...have went several times and never caught anything and am an experienced angler. Take a little extra time and go to Lake Mead...worth the longer drive..Thank you


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Contact Information:
Pahranagat NWR, P.O. Box 510 , Alamo, NV, 89001-0510, Phone: 702-725-3417
, ken_voget@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Nevada National Wildlife Refuges and Preserves - National Wildlife Refuges and Preserves are scattered throughout Nevada and includes such reserves as the 1.5 million acre Desert National Wildlife Range which is the largest refuge in the 48 contiguous states.
South-Central Nevada - Often called the "Pioneer Territory", the area contains natural wonders from the Death Valley National Park to the Toiyabe and Monitor mountain ranges. The land is also dotted with the ruins of old mining towns.

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