16. Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and Malone Springs

16. Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge - Area Map.


About 25 miles northwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon, this large area lies on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake along Rocky Point and Westside Roads. Access points with boat launches are at three birding sites: Rocky Point, Malone Springs and Crystalwood Lodge.


Mature Ponderosa pine/Douglas fir forest habitats comes right to the edge of Upper Klamath Lake with small pockets of aspen, willow and cottonwood along the shoreline in some locations. A 15,000 acre marsh and wetland complex, mostly within Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge adjoins the shoreline with the open waters of Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes to the east.

Distinct Features:

The Refuge and marsh areas are accessible by boat via a 9.5 mile canoe trail. The west shoreline of Upper Klamath Lake serves as a travel corridor for many Nontropical migrant birds on their spring and fall migrations. Large trees serve as nesting sites for Bald Eagles and Osprey.

Birds to Look For:

American White Pelican, Great Egret, Red-necked Grebe, Wood Duck, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Osprey (nesting), Bald Eagle (nesting), Blue and Ruffed Grouse, Yellow Rail, (nocturnal), Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Steller's Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Hermit Warbler, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak.


From Klamath Falls take Highway 140 to either Rocky Point Road (for Rocky Point) or one half mile further on Highway 140 take the Fort Klamath exit (Westside Road) to Malone Springs (4 miles north) or Crystalwood Lodge (8 miles north) GPS: 122° 4' 54.47" W, 42° 29' 27.59" N (Malone Springs).

For more information and a canoe trail leaflet Contact:

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges
4009 Hill Road
Tulelake, CA 96134
Phone: 530-667-2231

Klamath Ranger District
Fremont-Winema National Forests
2819 Dahlia Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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