National Wildlife Refuge
Upper Klamath Refuge
of the Area
Upper Klamath Refuge consists entirely
of marsh and is accessible only by boat. The main hunting area is near Rocky Point on the
west side of Upper Klamath Lake. The Hank's Marsh Unit on the east side of the lake is
also open to hunting. These areas are not heavily hunted and low lake levels make access
to the marsh difficult or impossible at times.
The main hunting area is accessed off
of Hwy 140 from the Rocky Point exit and West Side Rd. The Rocky Point and Malone Springs
boat launches provide access. The Hanks Marsh Unit is accessible from Hwy 97 north of
Klamath Falls using the boat launch at Hagelstein County Park with a 5 mile boat ride
south. Others put their boats in at Pelican Marina near Klamath Falls and boat
approximately 6 miles north to Hanks Marsh.
Upper Klamath Lake is used for irrigating the Klamath Basin and water levels may be very
low by the fall hunt season. A surface elevation of 4140' is necessary to access the
The US Bureau of Reclamation (541)-883-6935 has information on lake
Small marsh pothole openings and
hunting the marsh edge along the lake can provide good hunting for both dabbling and
diving ducks. Canada and white-fronted goose hunting can also be good early in the season.
Decoys and hunting dogs are highly recommended. Boats are the only way to access the area.
This area provides a real opportunity to get away from other hunters and hunt the deep
marsh. The primary species taken are mallard, gadwall, pintail, wigeon, green-winged teal,
and lesser scaup.
||The Hanks Marsh Unit on the east side
of the lake, although small, can provide good goose and duck hunting particularly late in
the season if lake levels drop and birds are attracted to the area as a result. Some
excellent late season hunts are to be had when these conditions prevail.
Boats with reliable motors should be
used as distances to the hunting areas are considerable.
Non-toxic shot required. All hunting
blinds, decoys, boats, and other personal property must be removed at the end of each day.
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