The Merced NWR is open daily from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.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
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The Merced NWR hosts the largest wintering concentration of Lesser Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway with as many as 20,000 cranes using the Refuge.