Imperial National Wildlife Refuge reveals a quiet beauty of animal life and flora. It is a 26,000-acre wilderness area that lies along the Colorado River. It stretches 31 miles long. The area has little precipitation and high temperatures. This type of weather has created a wetland and upland riparian habitat, which is ideal for many kinds of animals.
The refuge is home to 268 species of birds. Many of the birds are migratory and this spot is just right for the winter. Some endangered birds such as the Yuma clapper tail, Southwestern willow flycatcher and the bald eagle can be found here. One special portion of the Colorado River is protected for the endangered razorback sucker.
Other animals can be found on the refuge. Visitors may spot fox, bobcat, mule deer and coyote. There are also a variety of fish in the area. Bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill are just some of the kinds of fish you might find if you drop a line.
The Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is great for fishing, bird watching, canoeing and boating, but please check where these activities are permitted. You will find maps and regulations available at the visitor center. It is important that this refuge is taken care of and preserved. You will enjoy your visit to this refuge.
The visitor center at the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge is open varying hours, depending on the season. From November 15 to April 1, it is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. From April 2 to November 14, it is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. The refuge is closed on federal holidays. It is free to visit the refuge.
You can get to the Wildlife Refuge by taking U.S. Highway 95 north out of Yuma for approximately 40 miles. Then take Martinez Lake Road west and follow the signs. It is north of Imperial Dam and Martinez Lake, along the Colorado River.
If you have questions or want more information, call 520-783-3371.