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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Merced
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Merced, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's worth the eight mile drive outside of town, to witness nature in all her beauty Around November and again in February I take the trip. Hopefully to witness snow geese flying in . One time the ground looked as if snowed. They were nesting on every square inch of water. The photographers were out recording every movement. You could... More

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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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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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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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3 attraction reviews
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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