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Doublehead Ranger District

Medicine Lake Highlands Area- Medicine Lake Highlands exceeds 200 square miles in Modoc and Siskiyou Counties. It is a very interesting area and has been considered a "land of rocks that float and mountains of glass". The land was believed to resemble the moon, and was selected for study by astronauts from the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, during the summer of 1965 in preparation for the first manned moon landing.
Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway- The Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway traverses an area which includes Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Lava Beds National Monument, and portions of the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, and Modoc National Forests.

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Description - The Doublehead Ranger District includes the northwest portion of Modoc National Forest. The District features some awesome geological features including Medicine Lake Lava Flow. In your travels through this district, you will see most of the rim volcanoes, including Mt. Hoffman, Medicine Mountain, Badger Peak, Grouse Hill, Red Shale Butte, Glass Mountain, and Lyons Peak. There are many camping opportunities around many of the lakes. Medicine Lake is one of those lakes which has many activities in close proximity.

Recreation - There are many geological features that make for great viewing. If you obtain the proper permit, you are allowed to collect some of the obsidian that is around some of the lava flows. The lakes provide a plethora of recreation opportunities including camping, fishing, swimming, and waterskiing. There are hiking trails and auto tours of the area.

Climate - The variable climate ranges from warm, dry summers to cold, severe, moderately wet winters. Temperatures range from highs of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for a few weeks intermittently each summer, although they can drop to below freezing every month of the year. Winter temperatures reach as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit, although common daytime temperatures rise to the 30's and 40's. Approximately 13 inches of annual precipitation falls primarily as rain and about 25% as snow. Prevailing southwest breezes below daily clearing the air and bringing frequent weather changes.

Snow usually closes much of the Doublehead Ranger District between mid-November thru mid-June. During this time, an average of 10 feet of snow limited access by all but over-the-show vehicles and cross-country skiing.

Location - The Doublehead Ranger District includes the northwestern portion of the Forest. It surrounds Clear Lake and Lava Beds National Monument. It contains the Medicine Lake Highlands Area. The district also shares borders with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

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Filed By: steve schmeling (napa, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: i do not think the lake is big enough for water sking or jet skis.also the garage on the bottom is worse.

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Doublehead Ranger District, P.O. Box 369, Hwy 139 - South of Tulelake , Tulelake, CA, 96134, Phone: 530-667-2246, Fax: 530-667-4808, TTY: 530-667-2246
, bweisger/r5,modoc@fs.fed.us

Additional Information:
Modoc National Forest - The Modoc National Forest is located in the northeast corner of California. The Forest offers mountains, pine forests, meadows, lakes, streams, rugged canyons, wetlands, lava beds and high desert plateaus.


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