Kern National Wildlife Refuge
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.