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Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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If you enjoy wildlife viewing or photography, the Tule Lake Refuge is sure to provide hours of enjoyment. From Weed, California, the refuge is on the way to Lava Beds National Monument.

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Bird-Watchers' Paradise

Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1928 by President Calvin Coolidge "as a preserve and breeding ground for wild birds and animals". Video courtesy of Discover Siskiyou.

Click here to download a wildlife viewing checklist for the refuge.

Tule Lake Refuge is located in the fertile and intensely farmed Tule Lake Basin of northeastern California. It was established in 1928 by President Calvin Coolidge as a, "preserve and breeding ground for wild birds and animals." This 39,116-acre refuge is mostly open water and crop land. Approximately 17,000 acres are leased by potato, onion, horse radish, alfalfa, and cereal grains within the Public Lease Lands program administered by the U.S Bureau of Reclamation. Permit holders farm an additional 1,900 acres in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).The endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers live in or use this refuge.

The refuge is a significant staging area for migrating waterfowl during spring and fall migrations. It is used primarily by whitefronted, snow, Ross, and cackling Canada geese, all of which nest in the Arctic tundra.Tule Lake hunting opportunities consist of two large marsh units accessible by boats, a spaced-blind hunt in dry fields, and open free-roam areas offering field hunts over harvested grain and smaller marsh units. A 10-mile auto tour route allows for wildlife observation throughout the year.

Local habitat types include uplands vegetated with grasses and shrubs such as sagebrush, and wetlands such as marshes. Recreation opportunities and public services include wildlife viewing and photography, education, and hunting.

Tule Lake Refuge

Today's Weather: Lava Beds National Monument, CA

  • Updated: Saturday, June 12 at 6:17 am
  • Reporting Station: VAN BREMMER (VABC1)
  • Elevation: 5,303 ft.
  • GPS: 41.642967;-121.794875
  • Data provided by: National Weather Service
46° F
Mostly Clear

Regional Map Forecast Wind: 18 mph (SSE)
Humidity: 83%
Dewpoint: 41°F
Barometer: N/A
Visibility: N/A

Overnight: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. South southwest wind around 3 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 76. South southwest wind 3 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.