Great Blue Heron launching with nesting material in its bill

Lower Klamath Auto Tour Route

This tour is a 10.2 mile loop route located 12 miles from the refuge visitor center. It is accessed from Stateline Hwy. 161. Be sure to stop at the viewing kiosk located at the entrance to pick up a brochure. This route provides excellent and diverse wildlife viewing opportunities year round.

Highlights include white pelicans, egret, herons, grebes, American avocets, black-necked stilts, and white faced ibis (summer); large flocks of geese and ducks as well as sandhill cranes and shorebirds (spring/fall); and tundra swans, bald eagles and other raptors during the winter months.

  • Your car is a great "blind". Staying in your car will greatly increase your observation opportunities.
  • Please pull over to the shoulder as much as possible when observing.
  • Binoculars and/or a spotting scope will greatly enhance your observations.
  • Be Alert! Watch for cars and farming equipment.