Kern National Wildlife Refuge
Kern National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southern portion of California's San Joaquin Valley, 20 miles west of the city of Delano. Situated on the southern margin of what was once the largest freshwater wetland complex in the western United States, Kern Refuge provides optimum wintering habitat for migratory birds with an emphasis on waterfowl and water birds. Through restoration and maintenance of native habitat diversity, the refuge also provides suitable habitat for several endangered species as well as preserving a remnant example of the historic valley uplands in the San Joaquin Desert. Approximately 5,500 visitors annually participate in refuge programs ranging from waterfowl hunting to wildlife viewing.
The refuge auto tour route is a six mile all weather gravel road open daily from sunrise to sunset. Stopping is allowed any where along the tour route and three parking lots provide areas to stop and stretch. Please note that during the waterfowl hunting season from October to January, the Refuge Auto Tour Route is closed to uses other than hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Kern National Wildlife Refuge has offered waterfowl hunting since 1960 and is the only public waterfowl hunt area in this portion of the Southern San Joaquin Valley. Hunting is permitted on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the waterfowl hunt season starting in October and ending in late January. Only ducks, geese, coots and moorhens may be hunted in accordance with the State of California Department of Fish and Game Regulations.
It is located 19 miles west of the city of Delano at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley of California.