Fed by snowmelt from the Warner Mountains, the Pit River creates a 7,000 acre oasis for wildlife in the high desert of northeastern California -- Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.

Visit Us

Take advantage of the recreational opportunities provided by the National Wildlife Refuge System. Come visit us at the Modoc NWR!

Location and Contact Information

      What We Do

      The Modoc NWR protects water for wildlife, enhances habitat, and engages the public in wetland conservation.

      Our Organization

      A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.

      Our Species

      At the Modoc NWR, you can find a variety of wildlife including the Sandhill Crane, Snow Goose, Tundra Swan, Otter, and more!

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      ESA status: under review (April 2015) 

      The range of the western pond turtle extends from the Puget Sound lowlands in Washington through western Oregon and California, south to Baja California. This aquatic turtle lives in streams, ponds, lakes, and permanent...

      FWS Focus
      Tricolored Blackbird

      The Tricolored Blackbird is a medium-sized (18-24cm total length), sexually dimorphic North American passerine (Beedy, Edward, and Hamilton III 1999). Adult males are typically larger than females, and are black with bright red and white plumage on the wing shoulder. Adult females have sooty...

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      Our Library

      Explore documents related to refuge habitat, recreational opportunities, surveys and more.

      Modoc NWR Westside Hunt Regulations and Map

      This document includes the Modoc NWR westside hunt regulations as well as a map of the westside hunting area. 

      The ADA hunt blinds on the westside hunt map are numbered south to north, with the southernmost blind as #1 and the northernmost blind as #3.

      Grandma Tract Hunt Regulations and Map

      This document includes hunting regulations and a hunt unit map for the Grandma Tract at Modoc NWR.

      Modoc NWR's ADA Hunt Blind Locations Map

      This is a map that shows Modoc NWR's ADA hunt blind locations. There are 3 ADA hunt blinds available. 

      The blinds are numbered south to north, with the southernmost blind as #1 and the northernmost blind as #3. 

      Get Involved

      Modoc NWR has many opportunities for volunteers and partners in wildlife, habitat and visitor use projects. 

      Projects and Research

      Learn more about research and projects at Modoc NWR.