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General Information

Description - Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is an important haven for wildlife. Every spring and fall thousands of waterfowl stop here to rest and refuel, and many other animals live here year round. People used to live here too. Only a hundred years ago Stillwater was home to the Toidikadi or Cattail-Eater Paiute. The Toidikadi and other people before them had lived in the marsh for thousands of years, building new villages atop the remains of the old ones.

Attractions - Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is an important haven for wildlife. Every spring and fall thousands of waterfowl stop here to rest and refuel, and many other animals live here year round. People used to live here too. Only a hundred years ago Stillwater was home to the Toidikadi or Cattail-Eater Paiute. The Toidikadi and other people before them had lived in the marsh for thousands of years, building new villages atop the remains of the old ones.

Wildlife Observation and Photography: Over 160 species of birds have been observed at the refuge. Lists are available at the refuge headquarters.

Vehicles: Including ATVs, that are licensed for road are allowed at the refuge and management area provided they stay on existing roads.

Fishing and Hunting: These are both permitted on the refuge in accordance with State regulations and seasons.

Camping: Up to 8 days is allowed. Most campers use the Likes Lake area. No facilities or potable water are available.

Disabled Visitors: Access difficulty varies by area and visitors should examine their own abilities and limitations before visiting some areas of the refuge. Disabled persons should travel with a partner and consult the refuge manager for suggestions about using the area safely.

Boating: Boats with motors up to 10 hp are allowed in the Stillwater Marsh area. In the Indian Lakes area boats are allowed as long as they do not produce a wake.

Pets: Pets are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash or under physical control.

Fires: Fires are allowed as long as they are contained. Nevada State Laws prohibit burning tires and fireworks.

Artifacts: Including arrowheads are protected from collecting under Federal Law.

Firewood: Firewood cutting is prohibited at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area.

Recreation - Facilities in this USDI Fish and Wildlife National Refuge includes; wildlife viewing, bird watching, nature study, viewing historical sites, scenic viewing, camping, fishing, picnicking, walking, mountain biking, OHVs, boating, archaeology and geology.

Climate - Like much of Nevada, Stillwater is an area of extreme weather. Temperatures range from over 100 degrees in summer to well below zero in winter. Dress for the weather, carry plenty of drinking water (a gallon per person per day is recommended), and a first aid kit. Safety check your car's tires, belts and fluids before driving into remote areas of the refuge.

In wet weather, refuge roads may become impassible. Call the refuge office at (702) 423-5128 for the most current weather and road conditions.

Location - From Fallon take U.S. Highway 50 to Stillwater road.


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Contact Information:
Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 1236 , FALLON, NV, 89406-1236, Phone: 702-423-5128, Fax: 702-423-0416

Additional Information:
Central Nevada - This area spans the center of Nevada, straddling U.S. Hwy. 50. It is often referred to as Pony Express Territory because U.S. Hwy. 50 parallels the historic Pony Express route.
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.

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