Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, California.

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1928 by President Calvin Coolidge “as a preserve and breeding ground for wild birds and animals.”  Today it is part of a complex of six National Wildlife Refuges in the Klamath Basin that include Tule Lake, Upper Klamath, Lower Klamath, Klamath Marsh, Bear Valley, and Clear Lake, whose combined mission is to protect what remains of what once was the largest  wetlands area west of the Mississippi River. These surviving wetlands remain a highly managed yet critical part of the Pacific Flyway, a place where migrating waterfowl can rest and refuel during their transcontinental spring and fall migrations.

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Tule Lake Refuge is in northern California near the small town of Tulelake. Located 25 miles north of the refuge, Klamath Falls, Oregon, is the closest city. The refuge headquarters and visitor center is located on Hill Road., approximately 5 miles west of Tulelake, California. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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