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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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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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Visit during migration!

May I make a correction? The address advertised on S. Wolfsen Road is for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Los Banos. The address for the Merced NWR is 7430 W. Sandy Mush... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cindy J
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Merced, California
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great trip for a nature walk. The center offers tours of the wildlife park. It was fun for a field trip at school as well.

Thank Happygirls3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

May I make a correction? The address advertised on S. Wolfsen Road is for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Los Banos. The address for the Merced NWR is 7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, Merced. That said, the SLNWR has a exhibit hall with interactive exhibits on wildlife & habitats which is so much fun not to mention educational. For... More 

Thank Cindy J
Cavan, Ireland
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88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Was there on Saturday, had the place all to myself. If you are interested in nature photography, this is fantastic. I photographed kestrels,jays, pigeons Jack rabbits, cows, house sparrows, and stoats. Really enjoyed my visit. It's well laid out and great to get it to myself.

Thank meezygo
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Now this a nice place to visit at least once. There's a whole lotta birds out there.We've been out there several times the kids and I really enjoy it.

Thank albertMerced
Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit. Highly recommended. Will definitely go back again when weather is much warmer ❤️❤️

Thank KristaraChastain
Grayling, Michigan
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88 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

This place was very serene and beautiful. There were hundreds of birds to watch. There are multiple walking trails and also auto tour trails spread out at different location throughout the refuge. Best of all, it's free and the sunsets are golden! If you love nature, go here!

Thank sbidwell
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

I went there with a couple of friends, there were many birds and the scenery was awesome, full moon and swarms of birds frying and singing. Nice experience and I definitely recommend to go for a break.

Thank Jose S
Merced, California
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141 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Don't miss the arrival of the geese and other birds that descend into the wetlands of Merced's National Wildlife Refuge. Do not forget your binoculars as many of the birds roost in the trees during the evening hours. Make sure to arrive before the gates close at 5 p.m. You can leave through the automatic gates but you can't get... More 

1 Thank Serenitygardens
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

This place is a great place for a scenic stroll and see tons different wildlife. When we went there were very few people on the trails, it's almost as if we had the place to ourselves. We stay up until the sun began to set and it was beautiful.

Southern California
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

We were in Merced for a funeral but knew we'd have some free time. I checked the "things to do" on TripAdvisor and this came up #1. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was at least as good as others thought. We arrived in late afternoon. The sounds of birds, insects and other wildlife was like a symphony. We... More 

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