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.


Features

Current Refuge Status - October 16, 2021

The Pelican Trail and Beckwith Observation Area are open during normal visitation hours (dawn to dusk).

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Refuge Status

October 16, 2021

The Pelican nature trail and Beckwith observation area are currently open during normal visitation hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset).

Baby Birds & Injured Wildlife - What to Do

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A frequent call we receive is, “I’ve found a baby bird. What do I do?” The best thing to do is leave it alone. More often than not, parent birds are keeping an eye on it, feeding it and driving away potential predators. If needed, you can carefully move it to under a nearby shrub or other shaded spot. If you find an injured bird, or other injured wildlife, please do not bring it to the wildlife refuge. The refuge is not equipped to care for injured or orphaned wildlife. Instead, locate a wildlife rehabilitation facility near you (continue reading for a link). Remember, birds have been successfully raising the next generation for millions of years with little help from humans...

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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.

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Explore the Refuge

Explore the Refuge!

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The 4-mile Pelican Nature Trail and Beckwith Road wildlife viewing area provide opportunities to view wildlife year round.

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About the Complex

San Luis NWR Complex

San Joaquin River 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.

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