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Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge
Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge
FISH SPRINGS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
FISH SPRINGS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
P.O. Box 568
Dugway, Utah   84022

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Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located at the southern end of the Great Salt Lake Desert, was established in 1959 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering birds. Totaling 17,992 acres, the Refuge supports 10,000 acres of lush spring fed wetlands, a critical habitat in the arid Great Basin. The springs are brackish and warm. <P>Nearly 280 species of birds have been recorded on the Refuge. Waterfowl populations can peak at more than 20,000 birds and a substantial shorebird migration can be observed during spring and fall. Fourteen different birds of prey species are normally recorded annually. Many native mammals and reptiles can be found in the rich environs of the Refuge. The Refuge is named for the native Utah chub that is found throughout the Refuge springs and impoundments. <P>The Refuge has a very rich cultural history. Occupation by Native American tribes is thought to have occurred more than 10,000 years ago, and evidence of several different Native American cultures is found throughout the Refuge. Modern day inhabitation dates back to 1861 when the Pony Express maintained a station at what is today the Thomas Ranch Watchable Wildlife Area. It was followed by the Central Overland Stage and the nation's first transcontinental automobile highway, the Lincoln Highway. <P>
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September 26 fish springs- nice stop in the desert by LeNae
There were rest rooms thank goodness, shade for a picnic and things to see and roads to drive around the refuge. Nice wetland area and a place to get out and stretch.
July 26 Nice respite by auntie jello
It was very nice. We saw Coyotes, egrets and pelicans. The toilet was horrible. Black Widow spider in up left corner. Cobwebs like a veil.


Directions
From Salt Lake City, follow Interstate 80 west to the junction of Utah Highway 36 at Exit 99. Take Utah Highway 36 south for approximately 40 miles to the intersection of the Pony Express Road, just east of Faust. Turn right and follow the gravel road for approximately 61 miles to the Refuge entrance. <P>From Delta, take U.S. Highway 6 north to the intersection with Utah Highway 174. Turn left on Utah Highway 174 and follow approximately 42 miles to the end of the paved road. Continue straight on the gravel road for approximately 15 miles to the junction with the Pony Express Road. Turn left and proceed approximately 3/4 mile to the Refuge entrance. The Refuge headquarters is approximately seven miles from the east entrance. <P>

USA Parks
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Utah
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Central Region
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Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge
Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge