Kern National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the diverse wildlife and habitats whether hiking, driving or hunting. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.
The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. The entrance gates close automatically ½ hour after sunset. Visitors access the refuge via the Loop Road. Roads throughout the refuge are graveled and visitors must maintain the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking is allowed on the refuge.
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.
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Through restoration and maintenance of native habitat diversity, the refuge provides suitable habitat for several endangered species as well as preserving a remnant example of the historic valley uplands in the San Joaquin Desert. Approximately 8,200 visitors annually participate in refuge programs ranging from wildlife viewing to waterfowl hunting.
A year round 6-mile auto route leads through the some of the wetlands. Hunting opportunities for waterfowl are also available.