San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Los Banos

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#167 of 239 in Wildlife in California
The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in the San Joaquin Valley of central California is one of the great remnants of a historically bountiful wintering grounds for migratory waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. Located in the Bear Creek, Salt Slough, and San Joaquin River floodplain, it hosts a myriad of tree-lined channels and oxbows, wetlands and native grasslands.Thousands of acres of wetlands, fed by an intricate set of canals, are managed to produce natural food supplies for migratory waterfowl. San Luis also contains the most extensive network of pristine native grasslands, shrubs, and vernal pools that still remain within the Central Valley.Thousands upon thousands of mallard, pintail, green-winged teal, and ring-necked ducks flock into the managed wetlands; while the wood duck lives throughout the tree-lined slough channels.Herons and egrets nest in majestic oaks and willows, then feed on the refuge's abundant frog and crayfish populations. A wide diversity of songbirds, hawks, and owls also use refuge habitat.
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  • We've been here twice. Our January visit wasn't as good as the cranes and geese hadn't arrived. Still, happy ducks and other critters. Area has good interpretive signs and a nice couple of hiking rout...  more »
  • Big YES to visit here during winter months when there is ground water and bird life to admire. The Visitor Center is top notch, obviously very well funded, excellent exhibits and hands on learning for...  more »
  • Nice trail system out into the refuge. Good migratory bird populations. Information center and gift shop are first class. Easy access from freeway and Los BaƱos.  more »
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  • Yeah if you like Wildlife like seeing a lot of ducks they have to lay out there you can drive around and take pictures of Wildlife Refuge
  • Good place walk or bike restrooms decent good fishing check out wild life.
  • I'm not sure when or if you can visit here, but for the wildlife's sake i hope this place stays unpopular. Its existence is vital to a healthy local watershed so support it financially, economically and by visiting sporadically. if my visitation advice is inaccurate feel free to correct me and i'll alter my post upon verification
  • We had an awesome drive around the refuge, looking for Elk. Managed to see some hiding in the bush using a telescope. The staff was extremely friendly. The facility was clean and chilled, which was nice.
  • Great place to take your children for open air activities, learning about nature, hiking, and nature awareness.

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