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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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A day out with the kids

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
albertMerced
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Thank albertMerced
Sacramento, California
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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 ❤️❤️

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Thank KristaraChastain
Grayling, Michigan
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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!

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Thank sbidwell
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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.

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Thank Jose S
Merced, California
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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 

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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.

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Thank BPMPMH
Southern California
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38 reviews
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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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2 Thank GallopingGramma
Clovis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

Loved it. Birds everywhere. We arrived 30 minutes before sunrise (it was cold), and the place was THICK with all different kinds of unusual birds. My 13-year-old loved it. Thousands of birds. Took the five-mile auto tour and saw all kinds of birds up close. Note that winter is evidently peak season for water birds.

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2 Thank BeautifulInItsTime
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

First of all, I have to say I don't know what to expect or what would be the standard of rating a Wildlife Refuge. So my rating is based on what I got from the place and whether it is worth the visit. 1. It is free. No door fees. 2. This place was recommended by friends to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Lovely 5 mile circuit around several ponds where many wildfowl live either permanently or seasonally with the migrations. Lots of other birds around too, such as Hawks, Kestrels, Owls, Meadowlark and Kingbirds.

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