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Tule Lake NWR - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: September 2005
Nearest City: Tulelake, CA
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: dave54 View Profile


The canoe trail here is a series of man-made channels for the wildlife refuge. The USFWS created the channels in a rough rectangular grid and marked out a two mile route for the trail.

Lots of waterfowl, songbirds, and shallow flatwater/riparian/marsh wildlife. The vegetation on either side of the trail is dense tule, so you can’t land and walk around. The USFWS doesn’t allow it anyway.

Not worth a destination trip, but if passing through or visiting the area it may be worth a half-day excursion. We spent the weekend camped in adjacent Lava Beds National Monument to explore the caves. The canoe trail was a one-time diversion.

The water trail further north on Klamath Lake is better. See the write-up in Oregon (


No camping on the Refuge.
Lava Beds National Monument is adjacent, has a campground.
Dispersed camping on nearby Modoc National Forest.
Motels in town of Tulelake.




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