Photographing at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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A true gem in Merced County

The Merced National Wildlife Refuge is a true gem in Merced County. The 10, 000-acre wildlife refuge is located on Sandy Mush road about 16 miles outside the city of Merced.

Photo by F. Golz
Photo by F. Golz

You are able to drive a loop around the refuge where you can observe all kinds of waterfowl, especially during the winter months when the refuge is home to thousands honking and squawking migratory birds that fill the skies and land on the water in the refuge.

Photography tips to use in the refuge

The refuge has two platforms for bird watching and two blinds where you can hide and observe nature at her finest.

I highly recommend visiting the park very early in the morning or an hour before sunset.

Photo by F. Golz
Photo by F. Golz

The sunsets are unbelievably beautiful when there are clouds in the sky. Take your camera with a telephoto lens and a tripod and you will be rewarded with beautiful images.

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If you do not know how to take great pictures, go and take a class at Merced College.

You can also email me at

Photo by F. Golz
Photo by F. Golz

For more information about the refuge

More information about the Merced National Wildlife refuge can be found at the following websites:

All Photos by Fred Golz


about Fred

about Fred

Friedhelm (Fred) Golz is a local photographer (co-owner of Eye2Eye Photostudio), blogger, and educator.  Born in Germany, he immigrated to California after he married Nancy, a native Californian. He settled in Merced where his daughter and son grew up.

He teaches photography classes at Merced College community services. He is an active contributor to two photo, where he shares some of his images.

Also,, a photo blog that publishes weekly exercises for photographers.

He can be reached at