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“Summer 2014” 3 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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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Merced
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Summer 2014”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Amazing”
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.

Visited March 2014
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Merced, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A close look at nature”
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 with info. plates to read. Paper guides available at parking lot. Gate auto locks at dusk.

minus-no water to drink, bathroom is "rural"

Visited December 2013
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Oakland, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Winter Birding!”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Merced, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“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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