Located just north of Bakersfield, the refuge contains nearly 11,300 acres of pristine grasslands and marshes. The endangered Buena Vista Lake shrew, San Joaquin kit fox, and blunt-nosed leopard lizard make their home here. Kern NWR is open daily from dawn to dusk. Office hours are 8-4:30 weekdays, except holidays. Recreation activities include wildlife observation, wildflower study, and photography. Wildlife viewing is best from October until March. A 6.5-mile self-guided auto tour is open daily except on waterfowl hunting days. Waterfowl hunting is possible from October through January on Wednesdays and Saturdays.From Bakersfield: Take Highway 99 north to Highway 155 exit. Turn south on Highway 155/ Garces Highway. Travel 19 miles west on Garces Highway. The refuge is at the intersection of Corcoran Road and Garces Highway.