Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Connect with the Refuge

Events and Tours

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Stay up to date on guided nature walks and tours on the Refuge Complex.

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Waterfowl Hunt Program Updates

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Updated waterfowl hunt program information, flood-up maps, and hunt unit quotas.

Find the latest hunt program information

Download the San Luis Complex Smartphone App!

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Want to see more wildlife today? Download the free DISCOVER NATURE(vs) app now!

Learn how to download the App

San Luis NWRC Visitor Center

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The San Luis NWR Complex Visitor Center and Headquarters located on the San Luis NWR includes an exhibit hall with interactive educational exhibits on wildlife and habitats, tule elk viewing, a multi-purpose room to hold conservation meetings and conduct environmental education programs for schools, and is the administrative headquarters for the Complex.

Learn more about the San Luis NWRC Visitor Center
Enjoy Your Visit

Explore the Refuge!

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The Refuge features an auto tour route and three nature trails for the public to view and photograph wildlife in a natural setting. The Refuge also has a large waterfowl hunting program.

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About the Complex

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Merced National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Luis NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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