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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
+1 209-826-3508
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Not always great

The day that I drove the "auto loop" was overcast and still. Most of the migratory ucks won't... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
Pixseal
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Newark, California
Bird Central in Winter

We just spent two days with thousands of wintering birds at this refuge and at San Luis Wildlife... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2018
VicWarren
,
Long Beach, CA
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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“sandhill cranes” (10 reviews)
“the loop” (4 reviews)
“take pictures” (3 reviews)
LOCATION
7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
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+1 209-826-3508
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The day that I drove the "auto loop" was overcast and still. Most of the migratory ucks won't tolerate a car within 100 yards, so photographing them was impossible. Many of these same species can be found in urban parks, and are more accessible. There...More

Thank Pixseal
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We just spent two days with thousands of wintering birds at this refuge and at San Luis Wildlife Refuge. The self-auto routes make it easy to see plenty of country and lots of birds. In two days, we counted 68 species.

Thank VicWarren
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

I've been seeing more visitors lately and bad behavior. There are numerous posted signs indicating where not to stray and people flagrantly ignore them. I observed photographers willfully walking into flocks sitting on the banks of a pond, even running at them. It's unbelievable that...More

7  Thank 0garibaldi0
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

You enter another world of noisy waterfowl, elegant cranes, and nature at its best. Wonderful that this important resource is funded by the federal government -- our tax dollars at work.

Thank Maggie90402
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Just to many mosquito's there, so take plenty of repellent, or you can just drive the trails, but keep you windows up

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Reviewed 6 August 2017

this is one area where one can go and enjoy nature at its best. One can take pictures of the beautiful area and its many denizens that reside there

Thank George C
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Reviewed 1 June 2017

Lets be real, there is not a ton to do in Merced. I found myself there for a day and was pleasantly surprised by this park. There is a 5 mile look you can drive with three small hikes along the way. Even though the...More

2  Thank just_that_fast
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We needed to kill a few hours in the Merced area, and this came up highly rated on Trip Advisor. We enjoyed our visit. Be aware that there's not much there - no visitor center, a couple of picnic tables and pit toilets. There was...More

1  Thank LauraG050
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Stopped here while on our way to Merced. The five-mile auto loop is great for birders. Drive carefully as rabbits are everywhere.

Thank ssdirotm
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

We arrived at 6:30am in time for the 7:05am sunrise. The sky was bright orange with the rising sun; Spoonies, Pintails, Coots, Snow Geese, Ross Geese, lots of bunnies, Redwing Blackbirds, Great Egrets, all adding to the beauty of the water reflecting the pink and...More

3  Thank RosalieBelmont
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