A yearly recreation pass is required to hunt Tule Lake and Lower Klamath
Refuges. Hunters may pay in person at Refuge Headquarters or in advance with a
credit card by phoning refuge headquarters (530)-667-2231. All fees collected
are kept at the Klamath Basin Refuges and are used to improve the hunt program.
Annual Recreation Pass: $25.00 NOTE: Pass must be carried at all times in the field
Golden Age and Golden Access Passport holders: ½ off Student Pass (full
time): ½ off
15 years & under: FREE
Licenses & Permits
All hunters must carry valid state hunting licenses and all required
state and federal stamps and refuge passes. During the first two days of
waterfowl season, all hunters 16 years of age or older must carry a valid entry
permit for the controlled unit in which they are hunting. Hunters under the age
of 16 must be accompanied by a permitted adult. Permits are issued in advance
of waterfowl season to applicants selected by a lottery draw.
Only geese, ducks (including mergansers), coots, moorhens, snipe, and
pheasants may be hunted on the Refuges. All other wildlife species are
The public is allowed on the refuges only during the times posted at
refuge entrances. Camping and overnight parking are not permitted on the
refuges. However, several campground/trailer parks are located nearby.
Hunting is permitted 7 days per week during the normal season. Legal
waterfowl shooting hours end at 1:00 PM on the Tule Lake Refuge and the
California portion of Lower Klamath Refuge. Waterfowl shooting hours for the
Oregon portion of Lower Klamath correspond to state regulations. Pheasant
hunting hours on all refuge areas correspond to state regulations. Beginning Dec. 15, waterfowl hunting will
be permitted all day on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Boats may be used on all areas open to waterfowl hunting. Air-thrust
and inboard water-thrust (jet) boats are prohibited. Unit 6B-1 on Lower Klamath
Refuge is motorless, or electric motors only areas until December 1st. Starting
December 1st, unit 6B-1 will be open to motorboat use. Boat launching is not
permitted after 1:00 PM. State lighting requirements are enforced by refuge
Retrieval zones are NO hunt zones. Possession of firearms in retrieving
zones is prohibited, except unloaded firearms may be taken through the zones
when necessary to reach hunting areas. Decoys may not be set in retrieving
zones. Restrictions apply to both waterfowl and pheasant hunting.
It is illegal to shoot from or across any access route or parking area.
Motor vehicles are allowed only on designated access routes. It is illegal for
hunters to carry loaded firearms on hunter access routes open to motor
vehicles. These roads may be closed during parts of the season.
Waterfowl hunters may drive off access routes only to set out or pick
up decoys in field units of The League of Nations, the Panhandle, and all Spaced
-blinds on Tule Lake Refuge, and Sheepy East, Sheepy West, Miller Lake, the
Orem/Sterns Units, Unit 4G, Unit 9D and the Oregon Straits sections of Lower
Klamath Refuge. Due to the variety in habitat and weather conditions, driving
off access routes is at your own risk. The Refuge takes no responsibility for
damage to vehicles or equipment.
Vehicle access is NOT permitted on dikes unless the dike is marked open
to vehicle traffic.
All decoys, boats, and other personal property must be removed from
waterfowl hunt areas by 2:30 PM and from the refuges at the close of each day.
Hunters are responsible for removing all trash including shot shell hulls when
leaving hunting areas.
All accidents and injuries occurring on the refuges must be immediately
reported to the refuge manager: Klamath Basin NWR's, 4009 Hill Road, Tulelake,
CA 96134. Phone (530)-667-2231
Weapons and Ammunition
No person may possess any weapon or ammunition in the field that may
not be legally used for taking waterfowl or pheasants on these refuges.
Nontoxic (steel) shot must be used to hunt ALL huntable species including
ducks, geese, coots, moorhens, snipe, and pheasant on the Klamath Basin
Refuges. Alcohol use
or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited.
Only portable blinds and temporary blinds built of natural vegetation
are permitted. Digging or pit blind construction in fields is not permitted.
The refuge has a list of commercial hunting guides authorized by permit
to conduct guided hunts on the Refuges. No other guides are allowed to conduct
commercial business on the Refuges.
Mobility Impaired Hunters
The Refuge Complex typically offers a variety of hunting habitats to
hunters with mobility impairments. Lower Klamath Refuge, offers two boat-in
blinds. One in Unit 1 and one in Unit 5. These blinds are available by
reservation only through the Refuge Visitor's Center. Opening of these blinds
is based on water availability each season. The drive in field units (Sheepy
East, Sheepy West, Orems 1, 2 , 3; and 9D) are all accessible for field
On the Tule Lake NWR all field hunt areas including the Spaced-blinds
are drive-in units, allowing accessibility for those hunters with mobility
The Refuges cover a variety of habitats which include rough, uneven
terrain, deep waters, dense stands of bulrushes (tules), stubble fields,
ditches, and others. Rainfall can make roads and fields muddy and slippery,
making them more difficult to negotiate. Hunting difficulty varies by area and
hunters should examine their own abilities and limitations before using the
refuges. Disabled persons should hunt with a partner. Consult the refuge
manager for suggestions for hunting the area safely.
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