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“Cold, but great views”

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Merced
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Merced, California
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Cold, but great views”
Reviewed December 19, 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
Level 6 Contributor
203 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Seasonal but SUPERB during the bird migrations”
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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Merced, California
Level 6 Contributor
271 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
“Great way to spend a winter afternoon!”
Reviewed December 1, 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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Merced, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“peaceful- birds and water”
Reviewed September 3, 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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Merced, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“EXcellent winter cativity”
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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