Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, CA

Fish and Wildlife Service

Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge

The Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley foothills of Kern County, California. Elevations on the Refuge range from 1,600 to 4,680 feet. Purchased to ...[more]


2493 Portola Rd.
Suite A
Ventura, CA 93003

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The Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge is closed to public use.

Wildlife viewing and photography are possible around the refuge, and best accessed from the Bitter Creek NWR sign outlook area on Hudson Ranch Rd. (formerly known as Cerro Noroeste Rd) Maricopa. The refuge encompasses the rolling foothills between the San Joaquin Valley and the coastal mountain range. Approximately two-thirds of the refuge is open grassland, providing valuable foraging habitat for California condors.

Hiking within the refuge is only allowed during specially guided tours by USFWS staff or members of Friends of California Condors Wild & Free. These usually take place a few times per year, especially during National Wildlife Refuge Week in October. Please call the refuge manager if you would like to arrange for a special tour at (805) 644-5185 X 296.

The refuge is administered by Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex which oversees Bitter Creek, Hopper Mountain, Blue Ridge, and Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes NWRs, totaling 20,015 acres of conserved land. The refuge complex main office is located off-refuge at 2493 Portola Road, Suite A, in Ventura, California.

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