12. Wood River Wetland

Wood River Wetland - Area Map.


30 miles north of the town of Klamath Falls, OR


From the 1950's until 1994, this large tract of land was used for cattle grazing.  Since 1996, the Bureau of Land Management and their partners have restored over 3,000 acres of wetland and two miles of the Wood River channel.  The restored wetland borders Agency Lake, on the north end of Klamath Lake.  The Wood River crosses the eastern edge of the wetland.  The area is comprised of cottonwoods, willows, a few aspens, and native wetland grasses and sedges.

Distinct Features:

This day use area is home to countless waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and land birds, as well as several mammals and native plant species.  Interpretive signs, walking trails, and a canoe launch provide visitors with many recreational options to this walk-in recreation area.  A walking trail is paved and wheelchair accessible. The Klamath Bird Observatory has been operating an intensive bird monitoring station here during the breeding and fall migration seasons since 1997.

Birds to Look For:

American Bittern, Wood Duck, Forster's, Caspian and Black Terns, Bonaparte's Gull, Yellow-headed and Tri-colored Blackbirds, many warbler species (in riparian zones), Bullock's Oriole, Great and Snowy Egrets, Yellow Rail, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks, American Avocet, Wilson's Phalarope, Sandhill Crane, Western and Clark's Grebes, American White Pelican and Peregrine Falcon.


From Klamath Falls, travel north on Highway 97 for 14 miles.  Turn left on Modoc Point Road.  Travel north approximately 12 miles.  The entrance to the wetland is marked with a large sign on the left.  Wood River Wetland is open to the public year round, for non-motorized use.  Disabled access passes are available. GPS: 121° 55’ 46.28” W, 42° 35’ 33.45” N.

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For more information Contact:

The Bureau of Land Management
Klamath Falls Resource Area
2795 Anderson Ave. Bldg. #25
Klamath Falls,  OR  97603
(541) 883-6916

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