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512_Sandhill_Cranes_3_Rick_LewisVisit the Merced NWR!

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
7430 W. Sandy Mush Road (Do not use for mailing)
Merced, CA 95340

San Luis NWR Complex Headquarters and Visitor Center

7376 S. Wolfsen Road (Do not use for mailing)
Los Banos, CA 93635

Mailing Address
San Luis NWR Complex
P.O. Box 2176
Los Banos, CA 93635

Phone: 209/826-3508
Fax: 209/826-1445

Driving Directions

Please note that ALL areas of the refuge are closed to public entry unless otherwise explicitly posted as an auto tour route, nature trail, hunting area, or parking lot.  National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife first.

Refuge auto tour route and nature trails are open daily from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Tips to keep in mind during your visit:

  • Bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras to enhance your visit
  • Visit the Refuge with a friend to share the experience
  • Attend a group program or tour
  • Contact the Complex for information and recent wildlife sightings
  • Respect other refuge visitors’ viewing opportunities
  • Minimize disturbance to wildlife
  • No collecting of plants, plant parts, or mushrooms
  • No feeding wildlife
  • Remain in vehicles on auto tour routes for optimal viewing
  • No bicycles on nature trails or auto tour routes
  • No horseback riding
  • Pets must be on a leash on nature trails
  • No camping, campfires, or cooking grills
  • Park vehicles only in designated parking areas
  • Keeping noise levels to a minimum will enhance wildlife viewing
  • Please remove all trash
  • No fishing at the Merced NWR
Page Photo Credits — Lesser Sandhill Cranes  © Rick Lewis
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2015
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