Description - Bear Valley NWR was established to protect a major night roost site for wintering bald eagles. The refuge consists of 4,200 acres, primarily of old growth ponderosa pine, incense cedar and white and Douglas fir.
- Bear Valley NWR was established in 1978 to protect a major night roost site for wintering bald eagles. The refuge consists of 4,200 acres, primarily of old growth ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white and Douglas fir, plus juniper/grasslands. These mature stands of trees have open branching patterns of large limbs which allow easy eagle access and can support many birds. Located on a northeast slope, the roost also shelters these raptors from the harsh and prevailing winter winds. In recent years, as many as 300 bald eagles have used the roost in a single night. Bear Valley NWR also serves as a nesting habitat for several bald eagle pairs.
Recreation - Recreation activities include wildlife observation, study, and photography, and deer hunting. Due to the extreme sensitivity of bald eagles to human disturbance, the refuge is closed each year to all public access from November through March. From December through mid-March, Eagles can be observed flying out of and into the roost each morning and afternoon. Viewing areas are available off the refuge. Contact the refuge for further information.
Climate - The weather in northeastern California is particularly unpredictable and visitors should be ready for all conditions throughout the year. The variable climate ranges from warm, dry summers to cold, severe, moderately wet winters. Temperatures range from highs of over 100 F 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 F, although common daytime temperatures rise to the 30's and 40's.
The refuge is located 12 miles southwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and about 1 mile west of Worden and Highway 97.