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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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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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English first
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105 reviews 105 reviews
49 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We drove the loop and saw thousands upon thousands of beautiful birds of all different types. The seemingly endless snow geese were incredible. We spotted many sandhill cranes, egrets, herons, ducks of all kinds, and many, many raptors. I highly recommend visiting this beautiful place.

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June Lake, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A great place to enjoy a piece of California's Central Valley among a variety of Ducks and other fowl who have been provided this lovely refuge surrounded by farmland. Highly recommended, stop by, watch some birds, and visit with the staff.

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Fresno, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We wanted to get out of the city and find a little nature, but we only had a few hours. The entrance was well-marked and there is a nice area to park, use the bathroom and look at the map. A nice slow driving loop put a lot of birds in view. We got out on some walking trails and... More 

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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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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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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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30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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