Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Have a look at our hunting page for updated hunt information, hunt results, and information about special hunts.


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    Refuge Photo Gallery

    Enjoy a variety of pictures taken at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge!

    Modoc NWR Photo Gallery

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    Habitat Project Work

    Have a look at some of the recent and ongoing Modoc NWR habitat improvement projects.


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    Cranes of Modoc

    Modoc provides extraordinary habitat for Sandhill Cranes.

    Sandhill Cranes

Refuge Updates

80 Acres Added to Pit River Floodplain

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In coordination with California Waterfowl Association and local contractors, the Refuge has completed a large project converting the “North Grain Field” into floodplain along the Pit River. The new floodplain area adds to the previous 120 acres to create 200 contiguous acres of floodplain wetlands, which provide valuable resources to a variety of nesting and migrating birds. The project created a new channel for the river, which now meanders through the previous “North Grain Field”, emulating historic conditions of the Rit river. Tule’s were transplanted from the existing floodplain and moist soil plants were seeded into the new floodplain to promote a quick transition to a diverse wetland complex. The Refuge and it’s partners in the project are excited to see the results after all the hard work. We encourage hunters to have a look at the project.

Floodplain Improvement

Invasive Weed Geodatabase

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In 2012 Modoc NWR staff surveyed Refuge lands for 10 invasive weed species and created a geospatial database. This database will be a valuable tool to combat these nuisance species that threaten the integrity of Modoc habitat.

Invasive Weed Mapping
Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Cooperative Conservation

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The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program was established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1987, as a way to look past the boundaries of Federal lands and to work cooperatively with private landowners. The PFW program offers a method for landowners to receive cost sharing and technical assistance when restoring natural habitat without signing a long term commitment. The program operates on a voluntary basis and focuses on restoring habitat that targets species of interest to the landowner and federal trust species. Local projects may range from wetland restorations, to stream bank stabilization, fish passage improvements, forest improvements, juniper removal and upland or rangeland improvements. The success of this program depends largely on the one-on-one relationships developed between the landowner and the Partners Biologist. Here at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge we strive to offer our landowners the best possible habitat restorations and pride ourselves on cooperating with our landowners to ensure that their needs are met along with the needs of the habitat.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

Visit the Refuge

Modoc Wants You

Take advantage of the recreational opportunities provided by the Refuge system.

Come visit us at Modoc!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS