Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

by Rick and Susie Graetz
Red Rocks Lake looking towards the Lee Metcalf Wilderness | NWR

“The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. More than 560 Refuges encompass more than 150,000,000 acres, including large marine national monuments.

On April 22, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Red Rock Lakes Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, which was renamed the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in 1961. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 7023 established Red Rock Lakes ‘as a refuge and breeding ground for wild birds and animals.’

Since the refuge boundary was established, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has acquired lands from willing landowners or by receiving donations. The Service currently owns 51,386 acres within the approved boundary. The refuge also manages conservation easements totaling 23,806 acres.”