Description - Klamath Forest NWR was established to protect the Klamath Marsh. This large marsh provides important netting, feeding, and resting habitat for waterfowl, while the surrounding meadowlands are attractive nesting and feeding areas for sandhill crane, yellow rail, and various shorebirds and raptors.
- Wildlife viewing and photography are the main attractions. Spring and fall are best for waterfowl: mallards, cinnamon teals, redheads, scaups, gadwalls, ringneck ducks, and Canada geese. Pied-billed and western grebes, pelicans, ospreys, and sandhill cranes can be seen. In the forest, watch for elk, yellow-pine chipmunks, and forest birds including flickers, robins, white-headed woodpeckers, mountain bluebirds, and redbreasted and pygmy nuthatches. Mule deer browse in meadow areas surrounding the marsh in the early morning and evening. In the winter, watch for hawks and bald eagles.
A 10-mile trail meanders by the marshland and through the forested upland. Open to hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking, the trail also serves as vehicle access to the refuge canoe area.
A self-guided canoe trail is located on the 700 acres of open water at the southern tip of the refuge. Generally, the canoe area is open during daylight hours from July 1-September 30, but may be closed due to fluctuating water levels. Only motorless boats may be used, and camping and overnight use are prohibited.
Recreation - Visitors to Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge can enjoy walking, photography and wildlife observation.
Climate - The Cascades receive high amounts of precipitation throughout the year. Conditions become more extreme the higher you climb. During the winter months, expect very heavy snow and cold temperatures. During the summer months be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and chilly evening temperatures. Snow may be encountered on high country trails throughout the summer months.
Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is located in central Oregon. From Klamath Falls, Oregon: travel north on Highway 97 approximately 45 miles. Turn right onto Silver Lake Road and travel east 9.5 miles to Forest Service Road 690.
Travel south 4 miles on this gravel road to the canoe launch. To travel to the refuge headquarters, stay on the Silver Lake Road until milepost 17.