Enjoy Your Visit
The Refuge features an auto tour route and three nature trails for the public to view and photograph wildlife in a natural setting. The Refuge also has a large waterfowl hunting program.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.
Merced is managed as part of the San Luis NWR Complex.
Learn more about the complex
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Connect with the Refuge
Want to see more wildlife today? Download the free DISCOVER NATURE(vs) app now!Learn how to download the App
3/1/2017 - The Merced NWR tour route and nature trails are currently OPEN. Rising floodwaters may cause temporary closures - check back for updates. Several county roads leading to the refuge have been closed due to flooding. Check Merced County's website at link below for updated road conditions. Link to Merced County Road Closures
Stay up to date on guided nature walks and tours on the Refuge Complex.Learn more about public events
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 San Luis NWRC Visitor Center
Lesser Sandhill Cranes
The Merced NWR hosts the largest wintering concentration of Lesser Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway with as many as 20,000 cranes using the Refuge.
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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017