From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. Some of these passionate citizens have focused their engagement in conservation through refuge Friends organizations, now totaling more than 200 across the country with an estimated 40,000 members. Friends organizations are 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations with the unique distinction of having a mission supporting a single refuge, complex of refuges or a program of the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Friends organizations are crucial to the collective mission of the Refuge System to conserve and protect the wildlife of this great nation and help millions of Americans understand that their actions today determine the legacy we leave for tomorrow.
Situated in central-western Arizona along the Lower Colorado River, the Bill Williams River extends a short 40 miles before emptying into the Colorado River at Lake Havasu. A portion of the river and its unique habitat are protected within the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and offers a glimpse into what this landscape looked like hundreds of years ago.
The Havasu NWR is comprised of 37,515 acres along the lower Colorado river in Arizona and California. The refuge protects 30 river miles and encompasses 300 miles of shoreline from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. One of the last remaining natural stretches of the lower Colorado River flows through the 20-mile long Topock Gorge.
Our Friends group has assisted with numerous projects and events including Public Lands Day water trail cleanup, archery days for local students, native tree planting, youth duck hunts, wildlife observation deck restoration, guided nature walks, Friends and Family Fun Days, Teach a Child to Fish Days. We have monthly business and planning meetings between September and May in Golden Shores or Lake Havasu City and rides can be provided for those coming from Parker, AZ.
If you would like to become a "Friend" or learn more about our group, please visit https://www.billwilliamsriver-havasufriends.org/home.html. We look forward to hearing from you!