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National Wildlife Refuge

County Rd 115, 1-1/2 miles south of
Alturas, CA   96101
E-mail: modoc@fws.gov
Phone Number: 530-233-3572
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Water based recreation is permitted on Dorris Reservoir. Boat launch ramps, restrooms, and walking access are provided at the north and south sides of the reservoir. In addition, the south end was designed for wheelchair access with a 60-foot fishing pier. Fishing and boating are usually best early in the year when the reservoir is full. As the water level drops, fishing and boating opportunities decrease because of access and water temperature problems.

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Hunting for waterfowl, snipes, and coots is permitted on about 38% of the refuge. The area is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and is a self-check-in/out system. Visitors must enter the area from designated parking areas, and are required to carry all equipment in and out each day. One blind is specifically set aside for wheelchair access, and additional accommodations are available for persons with physical handicaps, by contacting the refuge office. Fees are currently charged only on opening weekend.

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The refuge office is located along the driving tour loop and is easily accessible for persons desiring additional information. Some museum specimens and live mounted birds are available for visitors to see.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife observation opportunities are very accessible by vehicle, hiking, wheelchair, bicycle, and observation blinds. Driving and hiking tour loops are provided on the refuge year around and are designed with interpretation stops and observation blinds accessible for wheelchairs.

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