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“Cold, but great views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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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Merced, California
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“Cold, but great views”
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.

Visited March 2013
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Merced, California
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“Seasonal but SUPERB during the bird migrations”
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.

Visited December 2013
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“Great way to spend a winter afternoon!”
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 of birds make their home at this refuge during the winter months. I always find it so impressive when a large flock takes off with this loud "whoosh" sound. Bring binoculars and your camera. I usually visit this refuge at least twice a year.

Visited November 2013
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“peaceful- birds and water”
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 hike in.

Visited April 2013
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“EXcellent winter cativity”
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 fireld.

Visited February 2013
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