Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge289 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Fremont Visitor Center, 1 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA 94555, United States, San Francisco
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-5107920222
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Trail, Water Body, View Point, Wildlife Safari, Walking Area, Nature
Founded in 1974, the refuge protects endangered species, migratory birds, and preserves wildlife. Its terrain covers 30000 acres of open bay, salt pond and salt marsh, mudflat, upland and vernal pool. About 227 different species of birds, covering millions of individual animals, depend on the refuge for survival. Other animals include:
- The western snowy plover
- A majority of the world’s California clapper rail
- Salt marsh harvest mouse, which is found only in this region
Every year, nearly 700,000 people visit the refuge. To discover the best ways to cover it’s walking trails and viewing spots, visit the Fremont Visitor Center for information.
How to Reach Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge
- You’ll have to drive to here. Exit Highway 84 at Thornton Avenue.
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1.4% of people who visit San Francisco include Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
73.68% of people start their Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge Reviews & Ratings
Great spot for birdwatching. But it is overall good weekend escape in Bay area. Easy to spot varies coastal birds at all seasons and occasionally Golden Eagle hunting for food. Hawks and raptors are easy to spot here too. Be careful at the sun since there isn't much shade and it gets really hot during summer under the sun.
Service here sucks. No one to check the birds in. Also they have to get their own food. During the hot glowing sunset as the flock of birds land, there was no one there to direct him to land. Also no landing zone for the birds; there was almost a mid air collision. Tax money should be used to build bird tower to communicate to the birds when to takeoff and land to avoid collisions.
First visit with my wife and youngest daughter. Sunny and warm day, so the breeze off the Bay was welcomed. As we walked to the top of the hill I spotted the brace of golden eagles and got a few shots of them. Really enjoyed this unique Refuge.
Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge is a excellent place to observed Natures Animals and there habitat. Miles and Miles of rich verdant wetlands. There are docents there to explain what it is all about and beautiful trails that go out into the wetlands and observe the wildlife.. Nice place for a hike. You can make it as long or as short as you want, and the views are spectacular. I don't think you'll look at the Dumbarton Bridge the same way next time you drive over it!
Don Edwards is a refuge for both wildlife and humans in this busy world. They have educational programs, volunteer opportunities, a summer camp, internships, and are a great place to walk around. Not many places around here are free so take advantage! They also offer a Marsh-In summer camp that is great for kids. One of my favorite places in the bay area!