Visitor Activities


Visit the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge


  • Please Respect Refuge Signage

    Please note that ALL areas of the refuge are closed to public entry unless otherwise explicitly posted as an auto tour route, nature trail, hunting area, fishing area, or parking lot.  National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife first.


  • Hunting

    The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex has a longstanding waterfowl hunting program. The various units of the Complex offer diverse opportunities for waterfowl hunting, such as free-roam, hunting from blinds, and hunting by boat.

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  • Fishing

    Designated areas of the San Luis NWR, San Luis Unit, are open to fishing during daylight hours. The most common species caught are channel catfish, bullhead catfish, striped bass, and black bass. All anglers must have a current fishing license with proper stamps.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    The San Luis NWR provides visitors a variety of ways to observe and experience its diverse assortment of wildlife.  Three auto tour routes and eight nature trails 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 along the auto tour routes and nature trails.

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  • Environmental Education

    By exploring the San Luis NWR, classes of all ages and grade levels can integrate the natural world into their classroom lessons. The 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.

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  • Photography

    Whether an amateur photographer or professional, seeking mammals, birds, wildflowers, or natural landscapes, the Refuge Complex provides endless opportunities for wildlife photography. Your vehicle can serve as an excellent photo blind while on auto tour routes.