839 , W. Pacheco Blvd. ( Hwy 152 ), Los Banos, California 93635, US
The San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is probably the most visible and best known of the Los Banos area outdoor recreational venues. It offers a very diverse assortment of things to do including hunting, boating of every kind, fishing, sail boarding, water sports too numerous to mention, equestrian, ATV and off-road motorcycle trails, dirt biking and much more. There are numerous camping facilities for both tent and RV campers as well as showers, and plenty of educational opportunities at the Romero visitor center and elsewhere.Grassland Ecological Area
This massive 160,000 acre area should be visited by every experience hunter, after a stop at the Grassland Interpretive center. Much of the land is privately held and you will want to know the rules and boundaries for the activities that you want to participate in. Hunting, hiking, bird watching, and other nature oriented activities are available. The grasslands are said to be part of the last 5 percent of such areas left in California.Los Banos Creek State Recreation Area and Los Banos Reservoir
The Los Banos local creek area is a popular location for those looking to go fishing.The Merced National Wildlife Refuge
The Merced National Wildlife Refuge has over 2000 acres of wetland wildlife habitat and over 7000 acres of grasslands and other habitat. The Merced National Wildlife Refuge is great place for bird watching and hunting. Location & Directions: 8 miles south of Merced on State Highway 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Rd. Click here for a map.
Other Merced National Wildlife Refuge Web Resources: 1) US Fish & Wildlife Service 2) Another US Fish & Wildlife Service site MNWRThe Great Valley Grasslands Park
The Great Valley Grasslands Park not only has some unique species and floral beauty to observe but it also serves the important function of preserving some of the last intact grasslands of the San Joaquin Valley. Other Great Valley Grassland Park Resources : California State park GVGP WebsiteThe San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge is famous for its Tule Elk enclosure, and is a great place to observe nature’s beauty and view all of the local wildlife.
Location & Directions: San Luis Refuge is approximately 10 miles north of Los Banos, California. From Highway 152 in Los Banos, take Highway 165 (Mercey Springs Road) north 8 miles, then northeast 2 miles on Wolfsen Road to the refuge. The Kesterson Unit's public access point can be reached by driving 4 miles east of Gustine on Highway 140.
Other San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Web Resources: 1) US Fish & Wildlife Service SLNW Website 2) Wildernet's San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Website 3) San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Birdwatching Checklist 4) Recreation.gov's San Luis National Wildlife Refuge WebsiteMercey Hot Springs
The Mercey Hot Springs invite you to visit and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and excellent view of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and even stars at night while soaking in the soothing, hot-mineral water of Mercey Hot Springs.