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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. 

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 office which is located at 4009 Hill Road, 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. 

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 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 NOTE: Due to changes in our flight contracting policies and issues with weather our regular aerial surveys have been delayed this season.  We will be posting aerial counts just as soon as we are able and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in the planning of your trip to our Refuges.


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: Jan 20, 2017
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