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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.


  • 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 22, 2013
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