Waterfowl Hunting on the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex



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.


 Through the end of the season all waterfowl hunting areas on Tulelake NWR are open to free roam access. 

Due to reduced habitat conditions we no longer offer Wednesday and Saturday all day hunting. 

Hunting hours end at 1pm daily. 



  HUNTER HOTLINE -  January 8, 2020 


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



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 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/  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  Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Refuge Visitor Center will be closed this season.

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 additional 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.  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.


 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 posted 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.