Upcoming Public Events

  • December 8, 2018: Goose Day at San Joaquin River NWR

    Join us for the 2nd annual Goose Day at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge on December 8th! The San Joaquin River NWR has played an important role in one of the most astounding endangered species success stories – the recovery of the Aleutian Cackling Goose, a species that was believed to be extinct between 1938 and 1962. Join us at the Refuge to learn about the wildlife management and conservation actions that saved these geese from extinction and led to a present day population of approximately 170,000 birds!

    Beginning at 8:00 a.m. - Driving Tours on Rotational Basis (Advanced Sign-up Required)
    Activities on December 8th will begin at the Beckwith Road wildlife observation platform at 8:00 a.m. where visitors will be provided a special guided auto tour in Refuge vans through the nearby wetlands to observe the geese and scores of other waterbirds and wildlife that make their winter home at the San Joaquin River NWR. Due to the nature of refuge roads and to minimize disturbance to wildlife, we will be using refuge vans, which have limited seating. Auto tours will be leaving the Beckwith parking lot on rotational basis between 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. All participants must phone the Refuge Complex office (209/826-3508) to reserve a spot. There is no fee for this event. Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes.

    The Beckwith Road wildlife observation platform is located at:
    10990 Beckwith Road, Modesto, CA 95358. Driving directions can be found here on the refuge website (www.fws.gov/refuge/san_joaquin_river/driving_directions.html).

    1:00 p.m. Nature Walk
    Following the wetland auto tour, there will be a guided nature walk at 1:00 p.m. along the Refuge’s Pelican Nature Trail that meanders through the riparian and wetland habitats of the Refuge’s southern portion. Meet at the Pelican trailhead parking lot off of Dairy Road at 1:00. There is no sign-up or pre-registration required for the nature walk.

    The Pelican Nature Trail is located at:
    2417 Dairy Road, Vernalis, CA 95385

    Feel welcome to come for both events or just one.

    Please contact the Refuge Complex at 209/826-3508 with any questions or to reserve a spot on the driving tour. We hope to see you there!

  • Photography Exhibit at the San Luis NWRC Visitor Center: Wildlife of the San Joaquin River NWR

    Photography Exhibit: Wildlife and Scenery from the San Joaquin River NWR by Rick Kimble on Display at the San Luis NWR Visitor Center

    7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos CA 93635  

    The San Luis NWR Complex is pleased to announce a special showing of wildlife photos by photographer Rick Kimble, an avid photographer and regular visitor to the Complex.  This display features a variety of wildlife images and other scenes taken at the San Joaquin River NWR.

  • Contact us

    Contact the Refuge Complex headquarters at 209/826-3508 with questions. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8am - 4:30pm.