Plan Your Visit

Established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, Lower Klamath Refuge is our nation’s first waterfowl refuge. 


Visitor Center at Tule Lake

The center is open seven days a week, 9 am - 4 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. 

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 Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge 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 at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge 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.


Environemental Education Center 

The Environmental Education Center may be used by educational groups by appointment only. For more information, contact the Environmental Education Coordinator at (530) 667-2231


How to get here  

From California: Head north on Interstate 5 to Weed, CA, then northeast 45 miles on Highway 97 to the Oregon Border. Take Stateline Road (Hwy. 161) east towards Tulelake, CA the refuge begins at mile post 4

The Headquarters for Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is located 20 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon via Hwy. 97 south to Stateline Rd (Hwy 161) east towards Tulelake, CA to Hill Road. Turn south on Hill Road. The visitor center is located 4 miles south on Hill Rd. Or from  Hwy. 39 south from Klamath Falls to Merril Pit Rd, follow the signs from there to the visitor center located on Hill Rd. Please contact the refuge visitor center for more information at (530) 667-2231