On this self-guided driving tour along the southern shore of Tule Lake, you’ll find out why this National Wildlife Refuge is at the sharp end of a fight to protect the largest wetlands area west of the Mississippi River.
This fun adventure begins at the Visitor’s Center and takes you through a scenic byway filled with wildlife and inspiring scenery. Year to year and season to season the dynamic ebb and flow of nature is a process of constant change that attracts visitors from around the world.
On this tour, you’ll find out why the surviving wetlands remain a highly managed yet critical part of the Pacific Flyway. You’ll also discover:
• How the Modoc people lived within the ecological means of Tule Lake
• Why the Klamath Reclamation Act of 1902 led to 95% of the Basins' wetlands being drained
• Why the D Plant pump house is one of Northern California’s most important man made hydrological features
• How the Walking Wetlands program is creating habitat and enhancing crop production
• What the original size of Tule Lake was and how the entire tour is technically under water
Enjoy learning about the people, places, and events that have made Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge famous for its role in conservation history.
Story by: John Fitzroy
Technical production by: Megan Peterson
Narrated by: Chérie Newman