|Havasu National Wildlife Refuge|
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created Havasu NWR to provide migratory waterfowl habitat. The refuge protects 30 river miles - 300 miles of shoreline - from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The waters of the lower Colorado River flow through Topock Gorge and Topock ...
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: With its majestic rock cliffs, its ribbon of cool water running through classic Sonoran Desert, and its cattail-filled marsh harboring rails and waterfowl, Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge offers a little bit of everything for both wildlife and people. The refuge holds one of the last stands of natural cottonwood-willow forest along the lower Colorado River. Dramatic vistas include volcanic cliffs, Lake Havasu, and the Bill Williams Delta Marsh. The river is named for a mountain man who traveled through much of Arizona in the early 1800s.|
Wildlife to Watch: The rare riparian habitat draws a variety of migratory birds to nest among the lush vegetation like Lucy’s and yellow warblers, yellow-breasted chat, Bell’s vireo, vermillion and brown-crested flycatchers, hooded and Bullock’s orioles, blue grosbeak, and summer tanager. About a dozen Yuma clapper rails spend the summer months in the cattails of the marsh, although they are more likely heard than seen. The southwestern willow flycatcher and yellow-billed cuckoo nests on the refuge in the willow and tamarisk trees lining the river. Crisscrossing tracks in the sand chronicle the nighttime excursions of desert cottontail, javelina, and mule deer, as well as predatory coyote and bobcat. Reptiles and amphibians also inhabit the refuge and may be seen throughout the warmer months. Species to watch for include common kingsnake, long-nosed snake, Sonoran mud turtle, desert spiny and ornate tree lizards, and red-spotted and Great Plains toads.
Special Tips: Check at office for conditions of refuge road as flooding is a concern.
Other Activities: The ¼ mile interpretive trail is universally accessible with fishing access; additional ¼ mile hiking trail. Brochures for self-guided auto tour and canoe route are available at office.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 6105 acres
Closest Town: Parker
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