National Wildlife Refuge
Klamath Marsh Refuge
of the area
Areas of the Refuge south of Silverlake Road are open to waterfowl hunting during the
Oregon season. The area may be marshy, wet meadow, or dry grassy openings...or a mix of
all three depending on water levels in the marsh. Some areas are only accessible by boat
during years of good water conditions. The north portion of the hunting unit is accessible
by foot from a parking area off Silverlake Road near the east boundary of the refuge.
Directions to the Area
The hunting area is approximately 50 miles north of Klamath Falls, Oregon via Highway 97
and east on Silverlake Road. US Forest Service Road #690 provides access to hunting areas
along the east side of Wocus Bay. This road is poorly maintained. Other hunting areas are accessible via a variety of two-track Forest Service roads..
conditions: Contact the Klamath Marsh Refuge Headquarters at
Hunting varies greatly from year to
year depending upon water levels in the marsh. In dry years, hunting for waterfowl is
almost non-existent. Canada goose hunting can be good in wet to dry meadows and grasslands. Some years white-fronted geese are taken early in the season. Marsh
hunting may require access by a canoe or other shallow draft boat using the launch on the
west side of Wocus Bay. Duck hunting for divers and dabblers is good to fair in years with
moderate to high water levels in the fall. Primary species taken are mallard, pintail,
gadwall, wigeon, and green-winged teal.
Dogs, decoys, waders, and canoe should
be used as appropriate. Only motorless boats are allowed.
Non-toxic shot is required for all game
bird hunting. Only motor-less boats are allowed and all state boating regulations apply.
All decoys, boats, and personal items must be removed each day. A 100 yard retrieval zone
is located adjacent to Silverlake Road in which no loaded firearms are allowed. Camping
and overnight use is not permitted on the refuge. Hunters may enter the refuge no earlier
than one hour before shooting time. Off-road vehicle use is prohibited.
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April 1, 2009