Description - This site, in the upper Klamath Basin, consists of 20,000 acres of water surrounded by over 20,000 acres of upland habitat of bunchgrass, low sagebrush and juniper.
- Established in 1911, Clear Lake NWR is the primary source of water for the agricultural program of the eastern half of the Klamath Basin. It consists of 20,000 acres of water surrounded by over 20,000 acres of upland habitat of bunchgrass, low sagebrush, and juniper. Small, rocky islands in the lake provide nesting sites for American white pelicans, double-crested cormorants, and other colonial birds.
The American white pelican breeding colony is one the few remaining in the West. The upland areas provide habitat for pronghorn antelope, mule deer, and sage grouse.
Recreation - The refuge is closed to visitor access from spring through fall to protect nesting colonial and upland birds from disturbance. Recreation activities at the refuge include wildlife observation, study, and photography, plus hunting for waterfowl and antelope.
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.
Located about 15 miles southeast of Tulelake, California. Turn east off Highway 139, 23 miles south of Tulelake, then drive 9 miles northeast on Clear Lake Reservoir Road. Access to the north side of the refuge is from Kowoloski Road, 4 miles south of Malin, Oregon. Roads are impassable during wet weather.