The Bill Williams 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.
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