Rules and Regulations

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On National Wildlife Refuges, WILDLIFE COMES FIRST!

ALL areas of the refuge are closed to public entry unless otherwise explicitly posted as a wildlife observation area, nature trail, or parking lot. Some areas are closed seasonally and are posted as such.

The following rules apply except where otherwise posted:

Visitors to National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all applicable local, State, Federal regulations and signs.

Hours – San Luis NWR, Merced NWR, and San Joaquin River NWR are open daily from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Fees – There are no fees to use the nature trails or parking lots.

Permits – There are no permits required to use the nature trails or parking lots.

A refuge specific Special Use Permit (SUP) is required to enter closed areas or conduct activities that are otherwise prohibited (ex. wildlife trapping and tagging).  For more information contact the refuge manager for the area where the proposed activity will occur at the San Luis NWR Complex Headquarters: (209) 826-3508.

No Hunting or Fishing - Hunting and Fishing is not allowed at the San Joaquin River NWR.

Please visit the following links for more information about rules and regulations pertaining to:

Open Areas and Closed Areas 

Permitted Activities and Prohibited Activities

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