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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 7376 S. Wolfsen Road, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
Phone Number: 209/826-3508
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We were in Merced for a funeral but knew we'd have some free time. I checked the "things to do" on TripAdvisor and this came up #1. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Southern California
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Southern California
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Merced for a funeral but knew we'd have some free time. I checked the "things to do" on TripAdvisor and this came up #1. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was at least as good as others thought. We arrived in late afternoon. The sounds of birds, insects and other wildlife was like a symphony. We... More 

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2 Thank GallopingGramma
Clovis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved it. Birds everywhere. We arrived 30 minutes before sunrise (it was cold), and the place was THICK with all different kinds of unusual birds. My 13-year-old loved it. Thousands of birds. Took the five-mile auto tour and saw all kinds of birds up close. Note that winter is evidently peak season for water birds.

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1 Thank BeautifulInItsTime
San Jose, California
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

First of all, I have to say I don't know what to expect or what would be the standard of rating a Wildlife Refuge. So my rating is based on what I got from the place and whether it is worth the visit. 1. It is free. No door fees. 2. This place was recommended by friends to see the... More 

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3 Thank JamesY2001
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Lovely 5 mile circuit around several ponds where many wildfowl live either permanently or seasonally with the migrations. Lots of other birds around too, such as Hawks, Kestrels, Owls, Meadowlark and Kingbirds.

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Thank Helen M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I wanted to see the arrival of the snow geese and this place did not disappoint. I didn't think California had places like this - something you would see on National Geographic. There were just countless geese in the marsh and in the grasslands and they kept coming. There were also a smaller number of white-fronted geese, and fewer sandhill... More 

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2 Thank 0garibaldi0
central ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

To maximize your experience at the refugee check the website for the seasonal events. Love to take the grandkids there to watch the migrating birds. Fantastic educational outing for all. Make sure to bring you camera and binoculars and be ready for a true view of what has been an asset to Merced County for many years. Very Cool Place!!!

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penang
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

It was a nice quiet place. After we arrived for a few minutes, and started to quiet down, we began to hear & spot the many birds that lived there. It was not the season to see the migrating birds. Still we enjoyed the 1-2 hours that we spent there, with the quietness of the fields, & birds & squirrels,... More 

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The time of year when one visits makes a big difference in the experience. In the winter, hundreds of snow geese make this refuge their home. They are gorgeous. Many other types of water birds live here year-round, but winter months are the best for seeing the most diverse bird populations. Unfortunately, there are no trails to hike around on.... More 

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Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Anytime it says national anything I have to check it out. The Merced National Wildlife Refuge is wonderful. It has a five mile loop you can drive. several walking trails, a couple observation decks, and a photographic blind. I saw lots of rabbits squirrels Hawks and more birds and I can name. Sitting in the forest as you come in... More 

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1 Thank CharleySays
Roseville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This was a nice diversion from road travel for one day. You can spend a few hours and support animal protection by visiting here.

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