Description of the AreaUpper 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.DirectionsThe 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.NOTE: 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 marshes. The US Bureau of Reclamation (541)-883-6935 has information on lake levels.
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.
Hanks Marsh Unit
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.
Special Equipment and RegulationsBoats 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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