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

      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 560 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!

      Sandhill Crane
      muskrats
      Muskrat
      American Mink
      mink
      Snowy Egret
      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...
      FWS Focus
      Western Pond Turtle
      Pacific Pond Turtle
      Northern Western Pond Turtle
      FWS Focus
      Coyote
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      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...
      FWS Focus
      Say's Phoebe
      Northern Shoveler
      FWS Focus
      Gadwall
      FWS Focus

      Our Library

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

      3-2355 Waterfowl Lottery Application 508 updated 06182018

      3-2355 Waterfowl Lottery Application 508 updated 06182018

      Opening Weekend Hunt Application Instructions_508

      Instructions for hunt application at Modoc NWR.

      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.