Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


What's Happening

Summer Camp 2020

Summer Camp 2020

We are now accepting applications for our Summer Camp 2020.

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Search for the Black Legless Lizard

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One former manager described this species as "an oddity worthy of a freak show." Follow the journey of a former intern's search for this elusive species.

Read the story

National Wildlife Refuge System Turns 115 Years Old

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The National Wildlife Refuge System will be 115 years old March 14! Take the ultimate challenge and test your knowledge about the national wildlife refuge system, and get inspiration for your next vacation.

Take the quiz on our sister refuge's (San Pablo Bay NWR) website.

About the Complex

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS