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512_Weasel_Rick_KimbalVisit the San Joaquin River NWR!

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge
2714 Dairy Road (Do not use for mailing)
Vernalis, CA 95385

San Luis NWR Complex Headquarters and Visitor Center

7376 S. Wolfsen Road (Do not use for mailing)
Los Banos, CA 93635

Mailing Address
San Luis NWR Complex
P.O. Box 2176
Los Banos, CA 93635

Phone: 209/826-3508
Fax: 209/826-1445

Driving Directions

Please note that ALL areas of the refuge are closed to public entry unless otherwise explicitly posted as a nature trail, wildlife observation area, or parking lot.  National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife first.

The Pelican Nature Trail is open daily year round from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
The Beckwith Road wildlife viewing area is open daily from mid-October to mid-March from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Tips to keep in mind during your visit:

  • Bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras to enhance your visit
  • Visit the Refuge with a friend to share the experience
  • Attend a group program or tour
  • Contact the Complex for information and recent wildlife sightings
  • Respect other refuge visitors’ viewing opportunities
  • Minimize disturbance to wildlife
  • No collecting of plants, plant parts, or mushrooms
  • No feeding wildlife
  • No bicycles allowed on the Refuge
  • No horseback riding
  • Pets must be on a leash on nature trails
  • 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
  • No hunting
  • No target shooting
Page Photo Credits — Long-tailed Weasel © Rick Kimble
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2015
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