Upper Klamath Refuge was established in 1928 and is comprised of 15,000 acres of mostly freshwater marsh and open water. These habitats serve as excellent nesting and brood rearing areas for waterfowl and colonial nesting birds including American white pelican and several heron species. Bald eagle and osprey nest nearby and can sometimes be seen fishing in Refuge waters. A boat is a must for those who wish to explore this refuge. A marked canoe trail is open year round and canoes may be rented nearby.
Description of the Area : Upper Klamath Refuge consists entirely of marsh and is accessible only by boat. The main hunting area is near Rocky Point on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake. The Hank's Marsh Unit on the east side of the lake is also open to hunting. These areas are not heavily hunted and low lake levels make access to the marsh difficult or impossible at times.
Directions : The main hunting area is accessed off of Hwy 140 from the Rocky Point exit and West Side Rd. The Rocky Point and Malone Springs boat launches provide access. The Hanks Marsh Unit is accessible from Hwy 97 north of Klamath Falls using the boat launch at Hagelstein County Park with a 5 mile boat ride south. Others put their boats in at Pelican Marina near Klamath Falls and boat approximately 6 miles north to Hanks Marsh.