Visitor Activities

  • Please Respect Refuge Signage

    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.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    The San Joaquin River NWR provides visitors with a variety of ways to observe and experience its diverse assortment of wildlife. The 4-mile Pelican Nature Trail and Beckwith Road wildlife viewing area provide optimal wildlife viewing opportunities year round.

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  • Interpretation

    Many interpretive amenities throughout the Refuge Complex help visitors understand the importance of Valley wildlife. Look for information kiosks, elevated viewing platforms, and interpretive panels at wildlife viewing areas and nature trails.

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  • Environmental Education

    By exploring the Complex, classes of all ages and grade levels can integrate the natural world into their classroom lessons. The San Luis NWR Visitor Center’s indoor classroom and outdoor amphitheater and wetlands are well suited to host quality curriculum-based field trips. Field trip programs are by appointment only. Field trips can also be conducted outdoors at the San Joaquin River NWR.

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  • Photography

     Whether an amateur photographer or professional, seeking mammals, birds, wildflowers, or natural landscapes, the San Joaquin River NWR provides endless opportunities for wildlife photography. Many animals are most active in the early morning and early evening hours, which coincides with terrific natural lighting.