Plan Your Visit

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For the wildlife enthusiast, a visit to the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge at any season is a voyage of never-ending discovery.


Visitor Center Hours  

As a Public health precaution, the Visitor Center is temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors.  

The Refuge trails and auto tour routes remain open every day from sunrise to sunset. For more information, please call 541-281-0140.

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

 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 to Hill Road. Turn south on Hill Road. The visitor center is located 4 miles south on Hill Rd. 
  • From Oregon: Headquarters 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