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“Bird quantity and variety is unmatched”

Ranked #1,041 of 2,276 things to do in Oregon
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Owner description: America's first waterfowl refuge, this 46,900-acre region provides feeding, resting, nesting, and brood rearing habitats for waterfowl and other water creatures.
Reviewed 3 February 2013

The "refuge" is actually a series of parcels that are close to each other but not contiguous. Winter viewing: Several dozen bald eagles and probably a hundred (or more) hawks. And there must have been tens of thousands of waterfowl. Take one of the auto tours. The roads are gravel, but in very good condition. If you plan on getting out of your car and doing any walking around (which you should) make sure to wear boots unless the ground is frozen. The mud is sloppy. And get to the refuges early to avoid the people who flock there (pun intended)--especially on the weekends. The people at the headquarters are very helpful. Check there first to determine which of the areas to see based upon your interests.

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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We headed up to Lower Klamath Lake to catch the bald eagle migration this past weekend (mid-January). Locals said we were a little early, but we were pleased with what we spotted - about 2 dozen bald eagles, 10 coyotes, 16 deer, 2 raccoons, 2 barn owls, a kestrel, tons of Canada geese, and numerous hawks (mostly rough-legged and red-tailed). It was tough finding nearby open restaurants for dinner, but at the least, Klamath Falls (about a 40 minute drive) will give you some options. Temperatures stayed between 10 and 30 degrees, but the roads were clear and easy to drive. We spent most of our time on the auto routes (around Lower Klamath Lake off of 161 and along Tule Lake off of Hill Rd). Be sure to stop at the Visitor Center on Hill Rd - very knowledgable people and a nice exhibit of local birds.

2  Thank FTJourney
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

The Lower Klamath Wilfelife Refuge runs along the border of Oregon and California. It is miles of self-guided tour and loads of wildlife!! Recommend visiting during fall and spring migrations for the larget number of bird species. Howver, there is something for every season.

2  Thank jkhoekst
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

I have never been in a place with so many birds. And we have been a lot of places around the world to go birding. You can literally be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of birds and not hear another human sound. We were there on a weekend day and we didn't see another human until we went to the visitor center where they said they had had 16 visitors all day. The place is massive so we were all spread out..
Take the canoe trip out of visitor center. It is free and is maybe a mile around the tule wetlands. Very nice way to get up close to the Marsh Wrens-- we saw an active nest right near the water---

Saw at least 7 life birds and we have a large list. I have never seen nesting Eared Grebes-- thousands. Also thousands of Western Grebes doing their mating rituals--- Avocets, Stilts, all kinds of Ducks and Herons.. What an experience

1  Thank LaurettaYoung
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

Use your vehicle as a blind, bring your binoculars and telephoto lens and enjoy the show! We visited in May and much of the migration had already occurred. Never the less, there were still a wide variety of birds and great numbers of them. White pelicans, sandhill cranes, american avocets, ring-necked pheasant and so much more! We can't imagine what this refuge must look like during the height of the winter migration. We plan to return and witness the peak migration. The visitor's center is a must. They had a live cam tuned to a bald eagle's nest, as well as bird feeders attracting so many lovely birds. The staff is very helpful and friendly! Picnic tables were available for visitors.

1  Thank Cascadetrailhopper
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