Sin City Wildlife

From the hustle and bustle of the Sin City Life. There are so many amazing places to visit, and you may even see a Bobcat! If I’m not doing a little urban camping? You may find me here, its one my favorite places to visit!


National Wildlife Refuge | Nevada

Whether hiking, hunting, camping, or fishing, your visit will be enriched with the wildlife of Pahranagat NWR.


Located in a region of Southern Nevada that only receives 6.4 inches of rain per year, Pahranagat NWR’s lakes, marshes, wet meadows and tall cottonwood trees are a stunning contrast to the surrounding desert. All surface water entering the refuge comes from Ash and Crystal springs which are located north of the refuge. This water flow makes it possible for the arid Pahranagat Valley to blossom with life. Five habitat types located within the refuge’s 5,382 acres provide for a stunning array of flora and fauna.


Fifteen primitive lakeside campsites are available along Upper Pahranagat Lake. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are free of charge, though a donation box is provided at the registration kiosk if you choose to make a contribution. The refuge may reserve sites for groups participating in a service project as part of their stay. If you’d like to organize a service project, contact the Visitor Services Specialist at 775-725-3417 ext. 101 or at


Non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors are permitted on Middle Marsh Unit and Lower Lake throughout the year, and on Upper Lake from February 1 through September 30. Upper Lake is closed to boating October 1-January 30. Due to fragile habitats, the use of boats, rubber rafts , or other flotation devices is not permitted on the North Marsh at any time.

Watercraft must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules. Trailer launching is not permitted. To prevent the spread of invasive species, only car-top watercraft are permitted.

State law requires a wearable Personal Flotation Device on board for each person. All boat passengers under twelve years old must wear a life jacket while in a boat that is underway.


Fishing is permitted year-round in designated areas of the refuge, subject to all applicable State, Federal, and Refuge regulations. North Marsh is closed to fishing from October 1 to February 1. Upper Lake and Middle Marsh can be fished year-round. The most common fishes found in the refuge waters are carp, largemouth bass, green sunfish, and catfish. The Upper Lake and North Marsh offer the best fishing opportunities.

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