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Waterfowl Hunting on the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex






Opening Weekend Drawing Information 

For the 2016 hunting season an Opening Weekend Drawing permit is required to hunt opening weekend on all units of Tule Lake NWR and the Oregon Straits Unit of Lower Klamath NWR.  The California portion of Lower Klamath NWR will be open to hunting, however, due to the lack of habitat an opening weekend permit is not required.

The Oregon Straits Unit consists of agricultural grain fields located to the east of the Straits Drain. 40 parties will be drawn; "fill-in" parties will be allowed for no-shows during the Friday Hunter Orientation Meeting on October 7th.  There is no guarantee on the number of open fields for fill-in, you must be present to be eligible for a field.

The Tule Lake NWR offers three (3) choices for the drawing; "Fields", "Marsh", and "Sump 1B".  Field units include the League of Nations free roam area and the Space-blinds, all consisting of agricultural fields.  The Marsh unit is Sump 1A on the hunt map, this is open water and marsh vegetation.  This is a boat-in only unit, we do not recommend this unit for walk in hunters. Sump 1B is open water and marsh vegetation which can accommodate walk-in and boat-in hunters.  Due to size this unit is limited to 10 hunting parties.

For more information including habitat please read the Hunter Hotline posted above.

Applications are accepted August 1st through August 31st each year.


General Regulations 

All Refuge and State permits, passes and validations are required to be in your possession while hunting on the Refuges.

Refuge recreation passes and Federal duck stamps are sold at the visitor center office which is located at 4009 Hill Rd, Tulelake California. Recreation passes are also available on-line at

Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validations and other state licenses and validations must be attained in advance and will not be available at the check stations or visitor center offices. 

Check station procedures, regulations, and bag limits are available on this site. Learn More 


Hunt Area Descriptions

Tule Lake Refuge is divided into different areas which include both free roam areas and spaced-blind areas.  Spaced-blind areas require hunters to check in daily.  

Lower Klamath Refuge is comprised of free roam fields and marshes as well as 7 first-come, first-served blinds; blind areas do not require hunters to check in.   

Upper Klamath Refuge is mainly a boat in area composed of open water and wetland habitat. 

Klamath Marsh Refuge has a mix of marshy, wet meadow and dry grassland habitat.

Clear Lake Refuge is a very remote area of the complex located east of Tulelake, California and is walk-in hunting only.


Hunt Maps
For Refuge waterfowl, pheasant hunting and habitat maps, Click Here 


 Recent Hunting Statistics

Hunting statistics are posted twice per week throughout the season, for previous season information please contact the hunt program coordinator at the Refuge Visitor Center. 

Lower Klamath Units

Tule Lake Free Roam Units

Tule Lake Draw Units


Recent Aerial Surveys

Click here for more information on recent bird counts


Refuge Entry Time

Refuge entry time for all California portions of Lower Klamath and Tule Lake Refuges is 4:30 a.m.

Refuge entry time for the Oregon portion of Lower Klamath (Oregon Straits Unit) is 5:00 a.m.


General Season Dates and Bag Limits 

 For information on season dates, shoot times and bag limits please refer to the appropriate State Fish & Wildlife websites.  California    Oregon


Special Hunts

Our Refuges offer special waterfowl hunts for Youth (17 and under) and Ladies as well as participate in the CWA Disabled Veteran's hunt. Learn More


Refuge Permitted Guides

The refuge has five (5) commercial hunting guides authorized to conduct guided hunts on the Refuges. No other guides are allowed to conduct commercial business on the Refuges.  Click here for guide contact information 


Last Updated: Oct 24, 2016
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