A boat is a must for exploring this Refuge, whose freshwater marsh and open water harbor waterfowl, eagles, osprey and colonial nesting birds such as white pelicans and herons. The Refuge has the most extensive marked canoe trail of the Klamath Basin Refuge Complex, made up of six refuges in northern California and southern Oregon.
The Upper Klamath Refuge trail is open year-round, with boat rentals available from nearby concessions. A paddling brochure is available from Refuge headquarters. 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 access from either Rocky Point boat launch or Malone Springs boat launch. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)