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National Wildlife Refuge

8 miles south of Merced, Calif., on State Hwy 59,
then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road.
Merced County, CA   
E-mail: tara_wertz@fws.gov@fws.gov
Phone Number: 209-826-3508
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Guided field trips are available to school groups upon request.

High quality public waterfowl and pheasant hunting is permitted on portions of the refuge. Following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines, the hunting program is cooperatively administered by the California Department of Fish and Game. The refuge is open to hunting on Wednesday and Saturday, until noon only, throughout the State hunting season. Both Federal and State regulations apply. Hip boots and chest waders are essential. A good dog is a definite asset, and decoys are desirable. Hunting at the Merced NWR is accomplished from permanent blind sites and assigned zones.

Interpretation and Environmental Education. Contact the refuge for current offerings.

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Wildlife Observation
Visitor facilities include a self-guided auto tour route, interpretive signs, observation platforms, and nature trails. Opportunities for photography are available all year.

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Access is daily from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.

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