Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Nevada

Trip Overview

A long drive from Elko NV over the crest of the Ruby Mountains to Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge but well worth it. A beautiful marsh to paddle in, crystal clear water. Lots of fascinating aquatic plants. Nice views of the high desert and mountains that surround this unique area. Only one other boat. This was much more of a marsh than a lake, it’s a maze of channels. You need a GPS app to find your way around.


Directions from Elko via Harrison Pass: Fifth Street in Elko turns into State Route 227/Lamoille Highway as you head south. Alternatively State Route 227 may be reached from 12th Street. Travel 7 miles southeast on State Route 227 to the intersection with State Route 228 in Spring Creek. Turn right and take Route 228 thirty-nine miles south until it turns into a dirt road leading to Harrison Pass. Continue 4.2 miles over Harrison Pass until the road dead ends at a T-intersection with Ruby Valley Road. Turn right and take the well-maintained dirt and gravel road south approximately 8 miles to the Refuge headquarters. The 4.2 miles over Harrison Pass is not maintained in winter and may be impassable anytime between October and May.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 7/30/2017
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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