Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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General Information

The wildlife refuge is located in Northern California, specifically in the city called Tulelake. The preserve spans about 39,000 acres of water, land for wildlife habitat, and some farming areas.


We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.

Routes and Trails You Can Travel

We currently do not have any record of good routes in this park.


Much of the area can not be hiked since it is either water or cropland. While the overall size of the refuge is quite large and it might seem like a great place to go for a hike or camp, in reality, the open space for walking on is much smaller.

Of definite interest is the wetland habitat research that is currently ongoing at Tule Lake. There is approximately one thousand acres with planted marsh plants that are under research and observation.

On the bright side, this is an amazing place to visit if you want to learn about habitat restoration, see wildlife, or spot birds. There are a number of walking and driving routes for viewing wildlife in a safe and educational environment. Additionally, there are many guided walks and tours provided by the park.


Some of the popular trails are:

1) Captain Jack's Trail - a pretty easy, 2 mile hiking trail.
2) Thomas-Wright Battlefield Trail - a 2.4 mile trail.

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The refuge was established in 1928 as a wildlife preserve for birds and various species of wildlife that naturally inhabit the area or migrate through it as many birds do.



There are many birds that either migrate through Tule Lake or make their home there all year. Some of the birds that can be spotted are Waterfowl and the Bald Eagle.



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Camping Possibilities

Other Information

There are about 15,000 acres of farm land in the area. Some of the crops are grains, potatoes, onions, sugar beets, and alfalfa.


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Hiking or Walking Groups Nearby

Group Name: greatest view hiking

Group Description: Going hiking journey to beautiful mountain and vast lakes and see new creeks never found by any one else

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Past Hikes

Girlfriend Get Away: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Northern California | 99.1 km away

Date: Saturday, 7-23-2011

Description: Get a chance to gain a solid foundation of backpacking skills while exploring lush meadows, alpine lakes, glacier fed creeks, and awe-inspiring mountains. The hiking itinerary is manageable, so we can enjoy ourselves in this gorgeous alpine environment! Go to: http://roamthewoods.com/Trinity.html for more details or www.roamthewoods.com

Girlfriend Getaway: Lassen Volcanic National Park Week Long Backpacking Adventure | 99.1 km away

Date: Saturday, 9-17-2011

Description: Come join us for the week in Lassen National Park. The southernmost portion of the Cascade Range will be our classroom for the week. Enjoy solitude and camaraderie in a back country few wander into, while reveling in the awe-inspiring geologic features Lassen is home to. Please contact the organizer for more details or visit www.roamthewoods.com.

great oasis of views | 21.6 km away

Date: Saturday, 11-3-2012

Description: Beautiful fall trees,views and vast lakes.

Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb | 53.6 km away

Date: Friday, 6-7-2013

Description: The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the U.S. Our team trainings and fundraising program will lead you to the top with guidance, training and tools for success. From the moment you meet your climb team through the end of your Mount Shasta journey, the Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb will be an unforgettable, transforming experience for you while benefiting the those living with liver disease. Benefits of our Liver Life Challenge program include: Expert Mountain Guides. Our Mount Shasta guides have climbed, skied, explored the mountain and are the local professional choice. They are skilled climbers as well as fun and enjoyable team members who believe in providing the highest quality adventure while helping you achieve your goals. Team Trainings. Sweat it out with fellow hikers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing a team sport!. Hote ....