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Explore the Refuge!


The Refuge features three auto tour routes and eight nature trails for the public to view and photograph wildlife in a natural setting. The Refuge also allows fishing at designated sites and has a large waterfowl hunting program.

Visitor Activities

About the Complex

San Luis NWR Complex

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The San Luis NWR Complex includes the San Luis NWR, Merced NWR, San Joaquin River NWR, and Grasslands Wildlife Management Area.

San Luis is managed as part of the San Luis NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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 Refuge

  • Visitor Center Holiday Hours

    Due to an Executive Order by the President, the Visitor Center and office will be closed on Friday, December 26th. All auto tour routes and nature trails will remain open as normal during daylight hours.

  • Drought Impacts on Visitor Services Programs


    The exceptional drought California is experiencing is impacting Refuge management and visitor services programs.

    Learn about drought impacts
  • Mountain Lions

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    Mountain lions have been spotted in the vicinity of the Refuge. Here are some safety tips for traveling in mountain lion areas.

    Learn safety tips
  • San Luis NWRC Visitor Center


    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
Page Photo Credits — Tule Elk Banner (top of page) © Lee Eastman
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2014
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