317 Mesquite Ave.
(call ahead, hours may vary)
Step into nature
The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 37,515 acres along the lower Colorado river in both Arizona and California and protects 30 river miles, 300 miles of shoreline from Needles, California to Lake Havasu City. The refuge was created to protect wildlife species that were in grave danger of extinction. A great river in a dry, hot land attracts an abundance of wildlife. The refuge provides important habitat for many species, including 318 documented species of birds that rest, nest or feed on this important landscape.
The refuge provides excellent habitat for many other resident and migratory wildlife as well, including the endangered razorback suckers, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bighorn sheep and even mountain lions.
Havasu Refuge is within the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route along the western coast of the United States. Hundreds of birds stop here to rest and refuel during their long journey. Many species also breed and overwinter here. Because of its importance to birds, the refuge is considered an Important Bird Area in the state of Arizona. ~Excerpt from the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge website
Wildlife watching tips
- Dawn and dusk are the best viewing times.
- Observe from the sidelines. Leave “abandoned” young animals alone; a parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave.
- Don’t offer snacks; people food could disrupt wild digestive systems.
- For a closer look, bring binoculars.
- Do not disturb nests, even if empty. Many times birds will come back to the same next annually.
- The refuge is home to rattlesnakes which are most active at dawn and dusk. Always watch your step and never place your hands or feet in an area you cannot see into.
Getting there from Lake Havasu City
Take Highway 95 north to I-40 west (direction of Needles/Las Vegas) to J Street (exit marker 1) and go southwest (uphill) 0.6 miles. Turn right at the refuge entrance sign and follow the signs to the administrative office
On holidays, after hours and on weekends a self-serve kiosk with refuge brochures and leaflets can be accessed by visitors.