Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge

The Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of Stillwater Refuge, Fallon Refuge, and Anaho Island Refuge in western Nevada. Together, these refuges encompass approximately 163,000 acres of wetland and upland habitats, freshwater and brackish water marshes, cottonwood and willow riparian areas, alkali playas, salt desert shrub lands, sand dunes, and a 500-acre rocky island in a desert lake.

Nearly 400 wildlife species, including more than 260 bird species rely on these habitats. The refuges provide important migration, breeding, and wintering habitat for up to 1 million migratory birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, colonial nesting water birds, and neotropical migratory birds. Stillwater and Fallon Refuges are part of the Lahontan Valley Shorebird Reserve, one of only 16 sites recognized for their international importance by the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network.

The Lahontan Valley wetlands also are listed as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. Anaho Island Refuge provides secure habitat for one of the largest American white pelican breeding colonies in the western United States. To provide a secure environment for nesting birds, Anaho Island Refuge is closed to all public use.

Lahontan Dam and Reservoir

Lahontan Dam and reservoir are part of the Newlands Project, one of the first irrigation projects selected for construction following passage of the 1902 Reclamation Act. In 1905 it became the first to deliver water from works constructed by the U.S. Government. Lahontan became a Nevada State Recreation Area in 1971. It was previously operated by Churchill and Lyon Counties.

Boca Reservoir

Boca Reservoir is an artificial lake in the Tahoe National Forest of Nevada County, California, created by the construction of Boca Dam across Little Truckee River, approximately 10 km northeast of Truckee. It is located downstream (south) of Stampede Dam and reservoir, and to the east of Prosser Creek Dam and reservoir

Rye Patch

The Rye Patch Reservoir is a reservoir on the Humboldt River in the U.S. State of Nevada. It is located about 22 miles northeast of the town of Lovelock, and is managed by the Pershing County Water Conservation District.

Rye Patch State Recreation Area is a state park unit of Nevada, United States, adjoining the 11,000-acre (4,500 ha) Rye Patch Reservoir as well as the smaller Pitt-Taylor Reservoirs. The reservoir is impounded behind the Rye Patch Dam on the Humboldt River. The recreation area is located at the end of State Route 401 (Rye Patch Road), which connects to Interstate 80/U.S. Route 95 about 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Lovelock.

Among the facilities the park offers are a campground, picnic areas, and a launch for boating. Visitors can fish for crappie, wipers, white bass, channel catfish, black bass, and walleye

Last Updated: 7/29/20