Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
|Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Modoc County, California, United States|
|Nearest city||Tulelake, California|
|Area||46,460 acres (188.0 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern California consists of approximately 20,000 acres (81 km2) of open water surrounded by over 26,000 acres (110 km2) of upland bunchgrass, low sagebrush, and juniper habitat. Small, rocky islands in the lake provide nesting sites for American white pelicans, double-crested cormorants, and other colonial nesting birds.
The upland areas provide habitat for pronghorn, mule deer, and sage grouse. The Clear Lake Reservoir is the primary source of water for the agricultural program of the eastern half of the Klamath Basin, with water levels regulated by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Except for limited waterfowl and pronghorn hunting during the regular California State seasons, the refuge is closed to all public access to protect fragile habitats and to reduce disturbance to wildlife. Some viewing of strutting sage grouse occurs in the spring from U.S. Forest Service Road 136, which runs along and through the refuge's southern boundary.