San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
|San Luis National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
North levee, San Luis Refuge - March, 2007
|Location||Merced County, California, United States|
|Nearest city||Gustine, California|
|Area||26,600 acres (107.6 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
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 colorful, yet secretive, wood duck lives throughout the tree-lined slough channels.
Hunting is allowed in the winter season on a portion of the refuge, which also holds a herd of reintroduced endangered Tule Elk, the smallest subspecies of all American elks.
- Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge, KNWF — closed due to pollution.
- Kesterson Reservoir — formerly in KNWF, now within SLNWF.
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