41. Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

41. Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge - Area Map.


On the California State line 25 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon


A mix of shallow freshwater marshes, open water, grass and sagebrush uplands, and crop lands.

Distinct Features:

A marked ten mile graveled auto-tour allows visitors year round access to great wildlife viewing opportunities.

Birds to Look For:

Clark's, Western and Eared grebes, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Great and Snowy egrets, Cattle Egret (rare), Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted, Snow and Ross's geese, Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Hooded and Common mergansers, Ruddy Duck, White-tailed Kite (rare), Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon (rare), Prairie Falcon, Ring-necked Pheasant, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Plover (rare), Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Dunlin, Short and Long-billed Dowitchers, Wilson's Phalarope, Black Tern, Common Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Marsh Wren, Sage Thrasher, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Tricolored Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird. Many of the extremely rare shorebirds seen in the Klamath Basin (i.e. Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Sanderling, Upland Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper and Ruff) have been seen on the White Lake Unit of Lower Klamath Refuge.

Other Items of Interest:

The Refuge also has a number of photo blinds that are strategically situated for great early morning photography. Reserve blinds at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Hill Road (see Site No. 42)


A good starting point for the area is the junction of Highway 97 and 161. Traveling East along Highway 161 there are many wildlife viewing opportunities. (However, for safety's sake, be sure to pull well off the road when you stop!) The tour route entrance itself is 9.8 miles east of Highway 97. GPS: 121° 42' 59.34" W, 42° 00' 3.38" N.

For more information Contact:

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

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