Facility Activities

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. Literature is also provided in the office as well as the entrance kiosk. 

Once this area was covered with the largest marsh west of the Mississippi, but that habitat was quickly drained after settlement. Kern National Wildlife Refuge was established to re-create habitat through a series of constructed wetlands. These wetlands have been used extensively by migrating...

Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Bicycling is allowed only on designated public access routes. Bikes are not allowed on trails or roads closed to...