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Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Merced
(4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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  • If you just to get out of the house on a winter day, this is the perfect place for a run or a walk, and time to talk with whoever you're with. Complete quiet . You are alone. Just go . 
  • 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. 
  • 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, ...  more »
  • I visited this place in early February of 2016 as part of a bird watching group from South Bay. It was my most memorable birding experience in the bay area. There were thousands of geese, swans and sandhill cranes migrating to the north. This place has an outdoor restroom with no running water and had a great auto tour route along the lake. You are sure to see lots of shore birds, Hawks, ducks etc.
  • An amazing sight - in the winter. That is when all the cranes, snow geese and swans come by. An easy drive around makes birding comfortable and convenient. Just remember to come in the right time of year. Check out the gov website for birding lists.
  • On a recent trip to California, I had the misfortune of stopping by Merced National Wildlife Refuge as a stop on the way out of Yosemite National Park. I was under the impression that wildlife was supposed to refuge in a National Wildlife Refuge, that it would be some special habitat for rare California creatures. Unfortunately, there was very little wildlife refuging in the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, because it was mostly brown and dead and dried out just like the rest of the San Joaquin Valley. The only exception at the refuge was two water pits, or "swamps". There were, I don't know, ten Common Snipe in the water pits. That was it. There were also cows grazing on the brown dead grass. Coming from Yosemite, it is a travesty that this wildlife refuge gets the "National" in its name like Yosemite, because quite frankly it just seems like a poorly managed waste of government money. As an aside, "California IS IN A DROUGHT," as I got scolded for washing my hands too long in a public restroom recently. The water for the water pits could go to a much better place than Merced National Wildlife Refuge. And that reminds me, you reading this review could also go to a much better place than Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Don't waste your time there.
  • Fantastic views and really well maintained
  • Nice place for bird watching. Be cautious about when it rains becuase it get really muddy out.