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San Luis
National Wildlife Refuge

7376 S. Wolfson Rd
Los Banos, CA   93635
E-mail: sean_brophy@fws.gov
Phone Number: 209-826-3508
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Public fishing is permitted in designated areas during daylight hours. The main species caught are channel catfish, bullheads, striped bass, carp, and an occasional black bass. Night fishing, use of boats, frogging, and fires are prohibited. All applicable federal and state regulations are in effect.

High quality public waterfowl 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 San Luis, Kesterson, and Blue Goose units are open to hunting on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the State hunting season. In addition, the north and south Freitas units are open to waterfowl hunting 7 days a week and are accessible only by boat. All 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 Blue Goose and Kesterson units is accomplished from permanent blinds.

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Wildlife Observation
Visitor facilities include three self-guided auto tour routes, interpretive signs, observation platforms, and nature trails. Opportunities for photography are available all year. Guided field trips are available to school groups upon request.

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

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