The 638-acre River Spring Lakes Ecological Reserve includes a unique and natural spring system, surrounded by the arid environment of the Great Basin ecosystem. The spring itself provides habitat for a relictual population of spring snails and possibly other species. The riparian area has an extremely high reptile/amphibian density, especially riparian-dependent snakes. The large area of wetlands provide much needed habitat for migrating and nesting waterfowl. Two rare natural communities are found at the reserve, alkali meadow and transmontane alkali marsh.
For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region's Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.