Photos: Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and Parker Strip

This page feature drone-captured imagery and ground-based photos of Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and Parker Strip, both located along the Colorado River and the Arizona-California border.

The Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is a 6,100-acre protected area that includes the lower course of the Bill Williams River as it flows into Lake Havasu. The river creates a unique combination of habitats in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, which include desert uplands, marsh wetlands and desert riparian zones.   

Just southwest of the refuge sits Parker Strip, a small waterfront community on the Colorado River. Parker Strip’s population was just shy of 700 in the 2010 census and its economy revolves around river-based recreation and tourism. Parker Strip also includes Parker Dam, which creates Lake Havasu and is the deepest dam in the world.

Our multimedia library also has photos of Parker Dam and Lake Havasu.

Learn more:

Joey Postiglione, “Refuge fire threatens sensitive ecosystems,” Parker Pioneer, June 29, 2021.

Jeannette Hinkle, “Arizona’s national wildlife refuges add millions to the economy, according to study,” AZ Central, July 12, 2019.

DateFebruary 2021
LocationParker, Arizona (map)
CreditTed Wood/The Water Desk
RightsFree to reuse under Creative Commons license.

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