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Upper Klamath Canoe Trail Wildlife Refuge Tour

Upper Klamath Canoe Trail through the Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is a nature lover's dream come true. Upper Klamath Wildlife Refuge comprises 23,098 acres, mostly freshwater hard stem-cattail marsh and open water, along with approximately 30 acres of forested uplands. 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. The Upper Klamath Canoe Trail provides a marked, 9.5-mile journey through a larger freshwater marsh. The canoe trail has four segments: Recreation Creek, Crystal Creek, Wocus cut, and Malone Springs with each segment offering a new look at the Upper Klamath Marsh. These segments can be accessed from Adventure Oregon's location at Harriman Springs Resort.

The Refuge is located some 24 miles north of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Crater Lake National Park lies approximately 20 miles north of the refuge. The refuge is on the northwestern side of Upper Klamath Lake.

Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1928 by President Theodore Rosevelt. At 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.

Popular recreation activities on Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge include fishing, wildlife observation, kayaking, canoeing, photography, birding, boating, and waterfowl hunting.

Two canoeists can paddle on average 2 miles an hour so plan accordingly. Canoes and Kayaks can be rented from Adventure Oregon.