Watch the video below to view a portion of the Refuge and to learn how a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is improving the health of this river and the surrounding habitat, which supports more than 350 species of birds and a wide array of other animals.
The Headquarters office of the "Bill Will" is located between Parker and Lake Havasu City at 60911 Highway 95. From Lake Havasu City, Arizona, follow Arizona Highway 95 south approximately 23 miles between mileposts 160 and 161. In addition to the Refuge Staff offices, a visitors center offers maps and information about the Refuge.
There are several hiking trails beginning at the Refuge parking lot, including the Peninsula Trail, which is an easy hike along a narrow peninsula of land jutting into Lake Havasu. A good portion of the trail is paved, and is handicap-accessible; the trail features a fishing pier, rest rooms, and several ramadas under which you can relax and enjoy the view.
The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of landscapes within its confines. The Bill Williams River delta area, including much of the cattail marsh, can be viewed from several turnouts off Arizona Highway 95.
The riparian area along Bill Williams River is best seen by driving Planet Ranch Road, which begins approximately .3 of a mile south of the river bridge and ends approximately 3 miles east of the highway. Most of the road was washed out by flooding in 1993, but driving is still possible for approximately 3 miles from Highway 95. The road is not regularly maintained, so a high clearance or four-wheel drive vehicle is advisable. Visitors are welcome to explore the rest of the refuge on foot.
You can download and print area maps of the "Bill Will" by clicking on the following links:
Planet Ranch Road Area
Water Trail Map
Visit the official website of the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge by going Here
Also, check out the videos below for views of the Refuge. Friends will see some familiar faces, and both videos feature beautiful shots of the Bill Williams River delta. The video below is a story "Oasis in the Desert" originally telecast on Arizona Highways TV: