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Lower Klamath NWR:

Established in 1908, the Lower Klamath NWR holds an important place in the history of the National Wildlife Refuge System as the Nations's first waterfowl refuge. Today the entire 48,000 acre refuge is listed as an historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Top

Tule Lake NWR:

Archaeological sites have been recorded in the Klamath and Tule Lake basins dating to the past 10,000 years. The rich assortment of natural resources provided the Native Americans with food, architectural materials, and tool stone. The Refuge is situated adjacent to Lava Beds National Monument and shares the Lava Beds Archaeological District which includes prehistoric habitation sites, petroglyphs, and sites relating to the Modoc War (1872-73).

Also located on the Refuge is one of only a handful of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps still in existence. Camp Tulelake saw duty not only as housing for CCC recruits, but also as an internment camp for Japanese-American citizens and later as a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. Top



Last updated: December 20, 2012

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