Bald Eagles Guaranteed!
From San Francisco, it's a seven- to eight-hour drive to the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Take I-80 east to 505 north to I-5 north. (Snow is possible in this area, so you may need tire chains, which can be rented before you leave or on the way.) Follow I-5 past Redding and Mount Shasta to Weed, where you take Route 97 north to 161 east. Follow until reaching Hill Road and the sign for the Refuge Headquarters. Go on Hill Road for four miles to the headquarters on the right.
Where to Stay
There are two motels in the town of Tulelake and several in the small city of Klamath Falls, Oregon, about a half-hour drive north from Tulelake. Getting a room at this time of year should not be a problem (except around conference time). There's also a year-round campground in Lava Beds National Monument just south of the wildlife refuge.
Bald Eagle Conference
For the past fifteen years the Klamath Basin Audubon Society has sponsored an annual conference on the bald eagle that has drawn professional and amateur naturalists from all over the country. For news on upcoming conferences, see the conference Web site: www.eaglecon.org.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication