Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

Current Refuge Status - Mar 31, 2021

The Pelican Trail is open during normal visitation hours (dawn to dusk). Beckwith Observation Area is closed for the season.

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Refuge Status

March 31, 2021

The Pelican nature trail is currently open during normal visitation hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset). The Beckwith Road Wildlife Observation Area is closed for the season and will reopen in the fall upon the return of the geese and cranes to the refuge.

Baby Birds & Injured Wildlife - What to Do

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A frequent call we receive is, “I’ve found a baby bird. What do I do?” The best thing to do is leave it alone. More often than not, parent birds are keeping an eye on it, feeding it and driving away potential predators. If needed, you can carefully move it to under a nearby shrub or other shaded spot. If you find an injured bird, or other injured wildlife, please do not bring it to the wildlife refuge. The refuge is not equipped to care for injured or orphaned wildlife. Instead, locate a wildlife rehabilitation facility near you (continue reading for a link). Remember, birds have been successfully raising the next generation for millions of years with little help from humans...

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San Luis NWRC Visitor Center

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The San Luis NWR Complex Visitor Center and Headquarters located on the San Luis NWR includes an exhibit hall with interactive educational exhibits on wildlife and habitats, tule elk viewing, a multi-purpose room to hold conservation meetings and conduct environmental education programs for schools, and is the administrative headquarters for the Complex.

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Explore the Refuge

Explore the Refuge!

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The 4-mile Pelican Nature Trail and Beckwith Road wildlife viewing area provide opportunities to view wildlife year round.

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About the Complex

San Luis NWR Complex

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Luis NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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