Visitor Center Hours
The center is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm; weekends 9am-4pm. Except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
The Refuge trails are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. Many visitors, especially birders, have found that it is best to plan a visit to the Refuge according to the seasons. Many of the bird species will be most visible within two hours after first light in the morning.
When to Visit
For the wildlife enthusiast, a visit to the Klamath Basin Refuges at any season is a voyage of never-ending discovery. Year to year and season to season the dynamic ebb and flow of wildlife is a process of constant change. When you visit greatly determines what you will see. Click here for information on seasonal viewing opportunities. View or print a Refuge Wildlife Checklist of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish that you might see while at our refuges.
You are encouraged to stop by the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center when you first arrive. Refuge wildlife is colorfully described by exhibits and information regarding viewing opportunities, recent sightings, road conditions, and regulations is available. A non-profit bookstore offers wildlife-oriented books and other items. The visitor center is located on Hill Road, 5 miles west of Tulelake, California and 4 miles south of the California/Oregon line.
Environmental Education Center
The Dave Menke Environmental Education Center may be used by educational groups by appointment only. For more information, contact the Environmental Education Coordinator at (530) 667-2231
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In spring songbird season, birders like to spot the colorful Western tanager in and around Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.