Description - Upper Klamath NWR is accessible only by boat. It is comprised almost entirely of hard stem bulrush-cattail marsh and open water, although there are also 30 acres of forested uplands.
- The 14,917 acres of Upper Klamath NWR is accessible only by boat. It is comprised almost entirely of hardstem bulrush-cattail marsh and open water, although there are also 30 acres of forested uplands.
The marsh provides excellent nesting and brood-rearing habitat for waterfowl and colonial birds such as pelicans, egrets, and herons. The American white pelican breeding colony is one of the few remaining in the West. The refuge is also a significant stopover area for migrating waterfowl and provides foraging habitat for nearby nesting bald eagles and ospreys.
Recreation - Recreation activities include wildlife observation, study, and photography, in addition to waterfowl hunting and fishing. There is also a boating and canoe trail accessible to the public.
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 25 miles northwest of Klamath Falls, Oregon, along Highway 140. Access to the refuge is by boat only. Suggested access points are the Rocky Point Resort and Malone Spring, a U.S. Forest Service recreation site. These points are along West Side Road, 2 and 6 miles respectively north of Highway 140.