Kern National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Southwest Region

Plan Your Visit

How do I Get to the Refuge?


From Interstate 5, exit at Lost Hills on Highway 46 and drive east 5 miles to Corcoran Road and turn north. Drive 10.6 miles to the Refuge at the intersection of Corcoran Road and Garces Highway (Highway 155). Entrance is on the west side of the intersection.

From State Highway 99, at the community of Delano, exit at Highway 155 (Garces Highway). Travel 19 miles west on Garces Highway to the Refuge entrance at the intersection of Corcoran Road and Garces Highway.


If planning to visit the Refuge during the winter months, please keep in mind the Refuge is closed to visitors not participating in the waterfowl hunt on Wednesdays and Saturdays, October through January. Temperatures can be quite cold at this time due to the dense patches of "Tule" fog so please dress accordingly. Summer and fall temperatures at the Refuge can be hot and require plenty of sunblock, hat, and water.


Late summer flood up brings mosquitoes making insect repellent a must. West Nile and Western Equine Encephalitis viruses are present on the Refuge.

When driving the levee roads, be mindful of all posted speed limits and closed area signs. Several species of snakes are present on the Refuge including western rattlesnakes so please, mind your step especially when walking the levee roads.


If you have any further questions or concerns, please phone the Refuge office at 661-725-2767. The office is open 7:00-4:30 Monday through Friday and is closed Saturday and Sunday. Literature is provide in the office as well as the entrance kiosk. For future trips, literature can also be sent via mail.

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Last updated: November 6, 2009