Explore the Refuge
The 4-mile Pelican Nature Trail and Beckwith Road wildlife viewing area provide opportunities to view wildlife year round.Learn more about Visitor Activities
About the Complex
The San Luis NWR Complex includes the San Luis NWR, Merced NWR, San Joaquin River NWR, and Grasslands Wildlife Management Area.
San Joaquin River is managed as part of the San Luis NWR Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Connect With the Complex
The San Luis NWR Complex Visitor Center and Headquarters located on the San Luis NWR includes an exhibit hall with interactive educational exhibits on wildlife and habitats, tule elk viewing, a multi-purpose room to hold conservation meetings and conduct environmental education programs for schools, and is the administrative headquarters for the Complex.Learn more about the Visitor Center
Riparian brush rabbits are possibly California's most endangered mammal. By the 1990s, their numbers dwindled to near extinction due to habitat loss and degradation. The Refuge is home to the largest wild population of riparian brush rabbits in the world.
Page Photo Credits Aleutian Cackling Geese Banner (top of page) © Lee Eastman
Last Updated: Nov 06, 2013