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Rules and Regulations

512_Rules_and _Regs_Sign_USFWS To protect habitat and keep the Merced National Wildlife Refuge a safe place for wildlife and people, please follow these rules:

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 wildlife first.

  • 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 bicycling allowed on the Refuge
  • No horseback riding
  • Pets must be on leash at all times when outside of vehicles
  • 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


Page Photo Credits — Rules Sign at Wetland / USFWS
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2015
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