Plan Your Visit


Visit the Merced NWR!

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
7430 W. Sandy Mush Road (Do not use for mailing)
Merced, CA 95340

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 an auto tour route, nature trail, hunting area, or parking lot.  National Wildlife Refuges are managed for wildlife first.

Refuge auto tour route and nature trails are open daily 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
  • Remain in vehicles on auto tour routes for optimal viewing
  • 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