Modoc National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 250 species of birds and a variety of other wildlife. Located in a high-altitude desert valley on the western edge of the Great Basin in Modoc County, California, the refuge is part of a large complex of mid-altitude wetlands and lakes in northeastern California.
Strategically situated just 60 miles east of the Klamath Basin marshes, the refuge acts as a migration hub and staging area for ducks, geese, and other wetland birds during their spring and fall migrations. The refuge's habitats are also important nesting areas for 76 species of ducks, geese, greater sandhill cranes, and other marsh and upland birds.
Modoc Refuge draws a multitude of birdwatchers during spring and fall migrations. Approximately 45,000 people annually visit the refuge to hunt, fish, and enjoy wildlife. The refuge is a popular site for hunting "honkers" and Great Basin Canada geese, and provides fishing opportunities on Dorris Reservoir.
Highway 395 runs along the west side of the refuge and enters into the south end of Alturas, California. From Highway 395, turn east on county road 56 (at the Modoc County Museum on the south end of Alturas), and travel east about 1 mile across the railroad tracks.
Turn right at the first paved road (County Road 115) and travel south 1.5 miles to the first road on the left. This is the refuge entry road, and ends after 1.5 miles, at the refuge office. It is also the beginning of the Teal Pond driving loop.