Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.



Discover Nature App

We have a free GPS-based nature gaming app in both English and Spanish! Download it on iTunes/Google Play.

How to download and play


Draft Fishing Plan Available for Review

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to open to sport fishing approximately 875 acres of open bay waters within the South San Diego Bay Unit of the San Diego Bay NWR. Fishing would be permitted by boat or an appropriate floating device. A draft Fishing Plan, an Environmental Assessment, and a Compatibility Determination have been prepared to address this use and are provided here for review.

Draft Fishing Plan Available for Review

Seeking Alien Life, Starting at Home

November 12, 2019 Seeking alien life, starting at home_150pix

Recent article in the San Diego Union Tribune by Deborah Sullivan Brennan: Researchers study organisms in harsh ocean elements on the South Bay Salt Works within San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge as model for possibilities in outer space. Read here!

SDUT Article Link: Seeking Life in the Solar System

Contaminant Cleanup Project Planned

F and G street marsh thumb

The Service announces the availability of engineering evaluation and cost analysis (EE/CA) reports and Administrative Records for Paradise Marsh (Operable Unit 1), Gunpowder Point (Operable Unit 2), and the F&G Street Marsh (Operable Unit 3) on Sweetwater Marsh. The public comment period ended on January 31, 2018. There is no estimated start date yet for the project construction, and a potentially responsible party has not yet been identified. All the appropriate documents for the project are here on our website, and can also be viewed in person at the Refuge Complex headquarters.

Sweetwater Marsh Restoration
On the Sweetwater Marsh Unit

Visit the Living Coast Discovery Center

Bat ray exhibit at the Chula Vista Nature Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, and runs in partnership with the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Visitors can enjoy environmental education programs and view live animals.

Learn more about the Nature Center

About the Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Diego 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