I've been following this thread and have to maybe put a wet ( appropriate to the season ) blanket on the refuges.

This is prime duck hunting season. As I understand it, until the season is over, you can only access the refuges if you have a hunting license.

In late November I went on a foray into the Kesterson refuge. The game warden informed me in no uncertain terms that I had to leave. No touristing about is alowed during hunting season.

So, if anyone has a contact with the refuges, it would be a good thing to check.

I'd hate to see everyone show up and not get to where you wanted to go.

Of course that would be a great excuse to go into beautiful downtown Los Banos and gorge on Basque food ( the Woolgrowers Restaurant is an experience in itself).