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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

7376 S. Wolfsen Road, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
209/826-3508
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Merced
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Sacramento, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Intense drought throughout region, so not much water and very little wildlife. This place is usually full of waterfowl in winter, which is the best time to visit.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We were visiting San Luis NWR and the staff there said we had to find time to go to Merced NWR as well. It was not on our planned schedule but we changed our plans. It was certainly worth it. If you are interested in birds this is a quite brilliant refuge.

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

A relaxing slow driving tour to see 1000s of birds in migrating season (Fall Winter Spring ) Or a few birds and other wildlife out of season. The animals are used to people and slow cars so you can get very close. But you must not bother them. Get out and hike a bit too. Free telescopes on 2 piers... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Merced and San Luis Wildlife Refuges are both wonderful for winter/migrating birds. Easy access and the interpretive center at San Luis is nicely done.

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Merced, California
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7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

appears to be nothing, but once you drive the loop the birds come alive. Great view points and pull over areas to take pictures.

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Merced, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Go in the winter for optimum sightings. Thousands of Ross Geese, Snow Geese, and Sandhill Cranes. Open from sunrise to sunset only. You have to stay in your vehicle except for one area along the route.

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Merced, California
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23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Other reviewers, who seem to be quite knowledgeable about birds, already posted what types of birds you may expect to find here. You can drive the 5 mile loop very slowly and stop at various look-outs and platforms. You can also take walks here. The refuge looks like a huge lake. You never quite know what you'll find here. Thousands... More

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

You can go in the summer but most of the water and bird will be gone, however there are millions of rabbits around ha ha. You drive thru at a very low speed and stop at look out points. I did have the gate locked on me one day, when it was supposed to be open and I had to... More

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Best in Winter when birds from the north are over wintering here. Many do not require binoculars to view! Early morning of evening before sunset a good time to be there. Mid day you can see some but not nearly as impressive as when htey are takign off for the day or coming in after a day our in the... More

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been driving to the NWR for nearly twenty years now. I'm a photographer and love to go there for wildlife photographs. The best time to visit this 5 mile drive is from October through April. This is the winter feeding grounds for the Sand Hill Cranes, the Ross's and Snow geese and many, many other species. Some years... More

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