Learn about the Klamath basin's amazing ecosystem while you experience wildlife and nature all around you. See giant native Red Band Rainbow Trout, or amazing Bald Eagles and Osprey soaring high above the trees and experience all that nature has to offer. Upper Klamath Lake is a scenic and picturesque location that nature lovers should experience first hand. A beautiful lake fed by mountain streams and crystal clear spring water offers you one of the best adventures you will discover in Klamath Falls.
With so many amazing locations to explore you will discover one of the most impressive trout fisheries and bird migrations in the United States. Klamath Lake is one of the only places in the world where you can see nesting sea birds in inland waters. It is no wonder why the Klamath Wildlife Refuge has been designated a protected area for nesting birds and other marsh-dwelling wildlife. The Klamath Canoe Trail is the best way to get an up-close and personal experience with local nature and wildlife. Klamath watersheds are one of the only places in the world where you can see Mare’s eggs (nostoc pruniforme) a species of blue-green algae (cyanobacterium) that grow in just a few places in the world.
Between mountain forests, creeks, and lakes, the upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, now comprising 14,966 acres of marsh and open water, was established in 1928. With an elevation of slightly above 4,000 feet, it lies in the shadow of the forested east base of the Cascade Mountains and is watered by mountain streams and deep, clear springs that run year-round. Just down the slope from Sky Lakes Wilderness area, many travelers on their way to Crater Lake National park have been amazed and inspired by this nature lovers paradise.