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Driving Directions to San Luis NWR

San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (Visitor Center and Auto Tour Routes)

Coming from the North (Modesto) on Highway 99: In Turlock, take the Lander Ave/Highway 165 exit toward Los Banos. Travel south on Hwy 165 through the communities of Hilmar and Stevinson. At the 4-way stop at the intersection of Hwy 165 and Hwy 140, continue southbound (straight) toward Los Banos for 12.5 miles. Turn left on Wolfsen Road. Follow Wolfsen Road approximately 2 miles until the pavement ends at the Refuge entrance. Continue through the gate on the gravel road and follow the signs to the Elk and Waterfowl auto tour routes. The Visitor Center is on the left immediately after passing through main entrance.

Coming from the South (Fresno) on Highway 99: Travel on Highway 99 north to Highway 152 westbound. Travel westbound on Hwy 152 to Los Banos. Turn right on Mercey Springs Road (fourth stoplight after entering Los Banos from the east). Continue on Mercey Springs Road (also called Hwy 165) for approximately 6.5 miles to Wolfsen Road. Turn right onto Wolfsen Road. Follow Wolfsen Road approximately 2 miles until the pavement ends at the Refuge entrance. Continue through the gate on the gravel road and follow the signs to the Elk and Waterfowl auto tour routes. The Visitor Center is on the left immediately after passing through main entrance.

From Interstate 5 (north or south): Take the Los Banos/Highway 152 east exit. Travel on Highway 152 eastbound into Los Banos. Turn left on Mercey Springs Road. Continue on Mercey Springs Road (also called Hwy 165) for approximately 6.5 miles to Wolfsen Road. Turn right onto Wolfsen Road. Follow Wolfsen Road approximately 2 miles until the pavement ends at the Refuge entrance. Continue through the gate on the gravel road and follow the signs to the Elk and Waterfowl auto tour routes. The Visitor Center is on the left immediately after passing through the main entrance.

Physical address (do not use for mail):

7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos, CA 93635

Directions to the West Bear Creek Auto Tour Route:
Follow the directions to the San Luis NWR above, but do not turn onto Wolfsen Road. Instead, continue northbound on Hwy 165 for an additional 9 miles beyond Wolfsen Rd to the West Bear Creek Unit entrance on the right (east) side of the highway.

Directions to the Kesterson Unit:
Follow the directions to the San Luis NWR above, but do not turn onto Wolfsen Road. Instead continue northbound on Hwy 165 for an additional 12.5 miles beyond Wolfsen Rd to the 4-way stop sign at Hwy 140. Turn left to travel west on Hwy 140 for 6 miles to the Kesterson Unit parking lot on the left (south) side of the road.
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2014
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