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America's first waterfowl refuge, this 46,900-acre region provides feeding,...

America's first waterfowl refuge, this 46,900-acre region provides feeding, resting, nesting, and brood rearing habitats for waterfowl and other water creatures.

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Visit Part of the Great Western Flyway

The Lower Klamath Refuge is a national treasure, part of a much vaster system of wetlands that are rapidly disappearing through expanded agriculture and home-building further... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Lower Klamath Refuge is a national treasure, part of a much vaster system of wetlands that are rapidly disappearing through expanded agriculture and home-building further south in CA. A million ducks and geese and other large birds come through the Refuge each year, down from an estimated 6 million in simpler times. If you hit it right, you might... More 

1 Thank Karen A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We spent portions of three winter days exploring the refuge, and every turning brought new birding thrills. To start with, be sure to visit the visitors center in adjacent Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge, where knowledgeable rangers will steer you to birding hot spots. Then take off on the auto tour route, and be prepared to stop and jump out of... More 

3 Thank ArlettaC
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I visit to photography wildlife and have never been disappointed. On this trip I had several opportunities to photography bald eagles, various other raptors, deer, coyotes and herons.

2 Thank Alinevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This wetland area is a great place for bird watching and beautiful scenery with multi couloured tall grass lands and water, mountains in the distance. In the last week of September we spotted : Northern Harrier, Great White fronted Goose, Whooping Cranes, Ring Necked Pheasant, Great White Egret , Red tailed hawk, Great Yellow Leg etc etc and hundreds of... More 

1 Thank flossyToronto
Keno, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

A nice couple of hours at the refuge this morning. Very happy to welcome the Great White Pelicans back to the Basin!!

1 Thank Shaun883
Molokai, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The "refuge" is actually a series of parcels that are close to each other but not contiguous. Winter viewing: Several dozen bald eagles and probably a hundred (or more) hawks. And there must have been tens of thousands of waterfowl. Take one of the auto tours. The roads are gravel, but in very good condition. If you plan on getting... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We headed up to Lower Klamath Lake to catch the bald eagle migration this past weekend (mid-January). Locals said we were a little early, but we were pleased with what we spotted - about 2 dozen bald eagles, 10 coyotes, 16 deer, 2 raccoons, 2 barn owls, a kestrel, tons of Canada geese, and numerous hawks (mostly rough-legged and red-tailed).... More 

2 Thank Dallas S
Toledo, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Lower Klamath Wilfelife Refuge runs along the border of Oregon and California. It is miles of self-guided tour and loads of wildlife!! Recommend visiting during fall and spring migrations for the larget number of bird species. Howver, there is something for every season.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

I have never been in a place with so many birds. And we have been a lot of places around the world to go birding. You can literally be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of birds and not hear another human sound. We were there on a weekend day and we didn't see another human until we went to the... More 

1 Thank LaurettaYoung
West Linn, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Use your vehicle as a blind, bring your binoculars and telephoto lens and enjoy the show! We visited in May and much of the migration had already occurred. Never the less, there were still a wide variety of birds and great numbers of them. White pelicans, sandhill cranes, american avocets, ring-necked pheasant and so much more! We can't imagine what... More 

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