Plan Your Visit

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"Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty"
-Albert Einstein


Things to do

The Visitor Activities page will tell you about the outdoor recreational opportunities at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.


Finding the Refuge


Modoc National Wildlife Refuge is located along the south fork of the Pit River near the town of Alturas, California in extreme northeastern California. 

Travelling south on highway 395 or east/west on highway 299: Travel south down main street/highway 395 until you are nearly out of town. Take a left on County Road 56. Travel approximately 1 mile before turning right onto County Road 115. After 1.5 miles turn left onto the Modoc NWR main entrance road.

Travelling north on highway 395: After passing through the town of Likely, California, continue travelling north for approximately 10 miles before turning right onto County Road 115. Follow County Road 115 for approximately 4 miles and the entrance road to Modoc NWR will be on the right.


Hours of Operation

Tour Route and Walking Trail: Open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset
Office Headquarters and Visitors Center: Open Monday-Friday 7:00 - 3:30 except on holidays. On rare rare occasions the office may close early. Call us for more information about office hours.


Modoc Weather

Modoc NWR sits at an elevation of 4,370 feet above sea level, so it is very susceptible to extreme weather events. Summers are typically hot and dry, while winters are fairly dry and can have extremely low temperatures. Spring and fall often bring windy conditions with an increase in the likelihood of storms. No  matter the season, you should always be prepared for the possibility of cold temperatures. Average temperatures and precipitation amounts are detailed in the following table.
MonthPrecipitation (In.)Avg. High (F)Avg. Low (F)Avg. Temp(F)