Waterfowl Hunting on the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Hunting

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Service is following federal, state, and local public safety guidelines to provide continued access to recreational opportunities on public lands. Any entry onto Service property during this period is at the visitor’s sole risk.

 

Currently, water levels are extremely low, Lower Klamath has minimal water in Unit 2, and is not expected to receive any water deliveries prior to hunt season. On Tulelake, Unit 1B has the only flooded habitat and currently sits at 1/3 of normal elevation.

The Tulelake Sumps are currently experiencing toxic algae blooms. Some of these blooms are producing dangerous levels of cyanotoxins including Microcystin, Anatoxin, Saxitoxin and Cylindrospermopsin. These toxins could result in sickness in humans and death pets. Please be cautious when hunting in these areas. For more information on these toxins, please review state information here:

 Sate of California       State of Oregon 

 

Hunter Hotline Oct 23rd

Refuge Conditions and Season Updates  

 

- Please protect your Refuge Waters! Click Here for information regarding Quagga and Zebra Mussels.   


 
TO PURCHASE RECREATION PASSES ON LINE CLICK HERE 

  

Opening Weekend Drawing Information 

Hunting the opening weekend of waterfowl season on the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath Refuges is authorized through a lottery-drawn permit only.  Refuge management may change part or all of this draw annually depending on conditions that may impact hunting.  For drawing applications and additional information Click Here  Applications are available in August of each year.

We currently do not hold a drawing for the opening weekend of pheasant season. 

 

General Regulations 

All State, Federal and Refuge licenses, stamps, validations and passes are required to be in your possession while hunting on the Refuges. Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validations, state licenses and state validations must be attained in advance these items are not available at Refuge Visitor Center. 

Refuge recreation passes are required for all hunters 16 and older at all Lower Klamath and Tulelake Refuge. Passes can be purchased in person at Parker's Rod and Gun in Klamath Falls, Oregon; Kirb's Outlet, Winema Lodge and West Side Market in Tulelake, California. On-line pass sales are currently for sale at https://klamathrefuges.recaccess.com/  

In 2020 the Secretary of the interior granted free access to all land they manage to Gold Star families and veterans, including national parks and wildlife refuges. The waiver covers standard amenities such as entrance fees but not expanded amenities like hunting fees. Recreation pass fees are not waived by this order. Klamath Basin National Wildlife refuges do not presently charge fees for general amenities. 

Federal Duck Stamps may be purchased at your local post office or for on-line purchase options please see our Duck Stamp page at https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php 

No hunting is allowed in unharvested crops on any portion of the Refuges.  This includes grain, row crops (potatoes, onions, etc.), or any specialty crops (alfalfa, peas, or others) that may be grown in Refuge fields. 

For a full list of refuge regulations Click Here

 

Hunt Area Descriptions

SPEED LIMIT ON ALL KLAMATH BASIN REFUGES IS 35 MPH UNLESS OTHERWISE POSTED.

Tule Lake Refuge is divided into free roam field and marsh areas and spaced-blind areas.  Blind selection permits are required for Spaced-blinds, Frey's Island, and Sump 1B.  Permits will be self serve for the 2020 season and are available at the Refuge headquarters office each afternoon at 4:00.  

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 a boat in area composed of open water and wetland habitat.  A portion of the Barnes and Agency Units of the Refuge have been opened for hunting, please see the Upper Klamath Hunt Map for specific hunt areas. 

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 approximately 20 miles southeast of Tulelake, California and is walk-in hunting only.

 

 

Permitted Hunting Guides 

Only guides who have been permitted by the Refuge are allowed to provide commercial guiding services on the Klamath Basin Refuges.  Click here for a list of authorized hunting guides on Tule Lake and Lower Klamath Refuges.  Click Here for a list of authorized hunting guides on the Upper Klamath NWR.

 

 Hunt Maps
Refuge waterfowl hunting, pheasant hunting and habitat maps are available beginning in July through the "Maps" link on this page.  Habitat maps are posted in mid-September and updated weekly as conditions change. For general viewing maps please see our refuge brochure located at the Lower Klamath entrance Kiosk and at our Visitor Center.

Mobility Impaired Hunting Blinds
To qualify for blinds for mobility impaired hunters, you must be registered for one of the following: 1) a state DMV issued disabled license plate or disabled veteran license plate. 2) a permanent parking placard identification card or 3) a mobility impaired motor vehicle hunting license. Hunters must show proof of registration information at the Visitor's Center either at the time of reservation or when picking up the blind permit.
The Refuge Complex currently offers two (2) mobility impaired blinds; one (1) field blind on the Tule Lake Refuge and one (1) marsh blind on the Lower Klamath Refuge. These blinds are available by reservation only and may be reserved for no more than 2 days at a time. These reservations may be extended an additional 2 days on the second day provided the blind is available. Hunters with reservations must check in the day prior to the hunt to receive their blind permit. Reservations and additional information may be obtained by calling the Refuge Visitor's Center at (530)667-2231.
Additional mobility impaired hunting opportunities for this area are offered at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge in Alturas, CA; Miller Island Wildlife Area near Klamath Falls, Oregon; and Shasta Valley Wildlife Area in Yreka, CA

 

 Recent Hunting Statistics

Hunting statistics data is no longer collected.  For general hunting conditions please call the main office at (530)667-2231 and press the extension for hunting information.  For previous season information please contact the hunt program coordinator at the Refuge Visitor Center.   

 

Recent Aerial Surveys

  Click here for the most recent aerial survey information.

 

Refuge Entry Time

Regular Refuge hours of operation are sunrise to sunset.  Hunter entry times are 4:30am at all entrances during the hunting season and line up begins at midnight, unless otherwise posted.  Hunter line-up for opening weekend is allowed at 6:00 p.m. in designated areas.

 

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 a variety of special waterfowl hunts for Youth (17 and under), women, veterans and active military,  Learn More Here.