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  • September 12: Tule Elk Tour at San Luis NWR

    It is the middle of the rut, or breeding season, for the tule elk at the San Luis NWR.  The bulls are bugling!  The prime bulls are sparring with one another; each trying to get control of a few of the tule elk cows.  This is one of the best times to see the tule elk and witness nature in its splendor.  Join us at the San Luis NWR on Saturday, September 12, at 8:30 a.m. for a Tule Elk Tour.  A staff member will lead visitors around the tule elk habitat and talk about the elk’s unique natural history as an animal that was nearly extinct a little more than 100 years ago.

    Meet at the San Luis NWR Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.  The Visitor Center is located at 7376 S. Wolfsen Road.  Drive all the way to the end of Wolfsen Road, a full two miles, until the road dead-ends at the refuge visitor center parking lot.  Directions can be found on the refuge website ( or you can call 209/826-3508 for directions or information.

    There is no need to sign up for this event.  Bring binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and hats.

    We hope to see you there!


  • Photography Exhibit at the San Luis NWRC Visitor Center: Wildlife of the San Joaquin River NWR

    Photography Exhibit: Wildlife and Scenery from the San Joaquin River NWR by Rick Kimble on Display at the San Luis NWR Visitor Center

    7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos CA 93635  

    The San Luis NWR Complex is pleased to announce a special showing of wildlife photos by photographer Rick Kimble. Rick, an avid photographer and regular visitor to the Complex, is a Scientific Coordinator at the National Laboratory in Livermore. According to Rick, he “recharges his batteries by capturing images of nature.” This is the second photo display at the visitor center from Rick – this display features a variety of wildlife images and other scenes taken at the San Joaquin River NWR.

  • Contact Us

    Contact the Refuge Complex headquarters at 209/826-3508 with questions. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8am - 4:30pm.

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015
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