Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Modoc County, California, United States
Nearest city Tulelake, California
Coordinates 41°51′44″N 121°08′36″W / 41.8621°N 121.14331°W / 41.8621; -121.14331Coordinates: 41°51′44″N 121°08′36″W / 41.8621°N 121.14331°W / 41.8621; -121.14331[1]
Area 46,460 acres (188.0 km2)
Established 1911
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Official website

Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in northeastern California. It includes about 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 wetlands provide breeding sites for American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, and other colony-nesting birds.

The uplands are inhabited by pronghorn, mule deer, and Sage Grouse. The Clear Lake Reservoir is the primary source of water for the croplands of the eastern Klamath Basin, with water levels regulated by the Bureau of Reclamation.

Except for limited pronghorn and waterfowl hunting during the state hunting seasons, the refuge is closed to all public access for the protection of habitat and wildlife.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.