Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Tulelake

#179 of 469 in Wildlife in California
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States in northern California near the Oregon border. It covers 39,116 acres in the Tule Lake basin.

The refuge was established in 1928 by President Calvin Coolidge to preserve habitat for birds and other animals. It is a staging area for migrating waterfowl such as the greater white-fronted goose, snow goose, Ross's goose, and cackling goose. The refuge's waterways are inhabited by endangered fish species such as the Lost River sucker and shortnose sucker.
Local habitat types include uplands vegetated with grasses and shrubs such as sagebrush, and wetlands such as marshes. The refuge also includes about 19,000 acres of cropland leased to growers. Crops include potato, onion, horseradish, alfalfa, and cereals.
Recreation opportunities and public services include wildlife viewing and photography, education, and hunting.
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  • We drove along Hill Road en route to the Lava Beds. Unfortunately the July Complex fire was happening so smoky as well as road closed at the entrance. But along Tule Lake in the Refuge we saw a pair.....  more »
  • Even though Tule Lake is highly disturbed (lakes do not have square corners!), is pumped up and down into irrigation ditches and is polluted with ag runoff resulting in large algae blooms, there is...  more »

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