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Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

  • Perfect spot for a kayak trip
  • Water brings life to the desert
  • Wetlands habitat on the Bill Williams River Refuge


  • This refuge provides critical wildlife habitat along the Bill Williams River.
  • Visitors can explore by hiking or kayaking.
  • This is a perfect spot for birdwatching as well.

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge


The 6,100 acre Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge may be relatively small in size but it protects critical wetlands habitat in the dry desert. The river extends just 40 miles before emptying into the Colorado River at Lake Havasu and a diverse array of wildlife and birds rely on this ribbon of water. Over the years, humans have also relied on waterways in these harsh environs. The earliest written records of exploration were from Spanish explorers in the late 1500s. 
The banks of the river are home to cottonwood and willow "forests" while desert hardy mesquite trees exist away from the river. Visitors can take explore this unique habitat via short hiking trails or by kayak on the river. A boat launch is located near the Refuge headquarters. For those who prefer, a 3.5 miles auto loop begins off Highway 95 just north of the headquarters.  

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Come visit us! Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Havasu, AZ - 86406,US

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