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Waterfowl Hunting on the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex






Opening Weekend Drawing Information 

Hunting on opening weekend of waterfowl season for Tule Lake and Lower Klamath Refuges is authorized through a draw permit only.  Applications are accepted August 1st through August 31st each year, additional information is posted in July.

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


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 located at 4009 Hill Road, Tulelake California. On-line pass sales are currently on hold as we are in the process of contracting a new vendor. 

Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validations, state licenses and state validations must be attained in advance these items are not available at the check stations or the visitor center. 

For information on mobility impaired hunting opportunities, Tule Lake Spaced Blind procedures and general area regulations Click Here


Hunt Area Descriptions

Tule Lake Refuge is divided into free roam field and marsh areas and spaced-blind areas.  Spaced-blind areas and Sump 1B 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
Refuge waterfowl hunting, pheasant hunting and habitat maps are provided beginning in September through the hunting season.  For general viewing maps please see our refuge brochure located at the Lower Klamath entrance Kiosk and at our Visitor Center.


 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.  Harvest information for the Tule Lake spaced blinds will be posted daily at the hunter check station. For previous season information please contact the hunt program coordinator at the Refuge Visitor Center.   


Recent Aerial Surveys

Click here for more information on recent bird counts NOTE: Due to changes in our flight contracting policies and issues with weather, only a limited number of aerial flight surveys were conducted.


Refuge Entry Time

Refuge entry times will be posted at all entrances during the hunting season.  Regular hours of operation are sunrise to sunset.  Hunter line-up for opening weekend is allowed at 6:00 p.m. in designated areas only.


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

We are currently reviewing our hunting guide program and will post information on permitted guides in early summer.  Only permitted guides are allowed to conduct commercial business on the Refuges. 

If you are a guide interested in competing for a permit please contact the hunt program coordinator at the main Tule Lake office.






Last Updated: May 16, 2017
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