Plan Your Visit


Visit the San Joaquin River NWR!

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

Beckwith Wildlife Observation Area
10990 Beckwith Road (Do not use for mailing)
Modesto, CA 95358

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 help you enjoy 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
Keeping noise levels to a minimum will enhance wildlife viewing
Bring water, sunscreen, hats, and appropriate clothing for weather conditions

Please view Permitted and Prohibited Activities