Tule Lake National Monument

As World War II raged around the world, the United States government imprisoned Japanese Americans at internment camps around the country. The Tule Lake National Monument preserves this dark chapter in U.S. history. Here, you can see a maximum-security segregation center and an internment camp for people of Japanese descent and Italian and German prisoners of war. The best time to visit is weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day; this is when the park runs ranger-guided tours, which are the only way to see the Tulelake sites. If you're coming any other time of year, you can still visit the fairgrounds museum to get a sense of life in an internment camp.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Tule Lake National Monument

Ranger-led tours are the best way to experience Tule Lake National Monument. Space is limited, so make sure to call in advance if you want to see the Tule Lake Segregation Center or Camp Tulelake. After your visit, nearby hiking trails offer a sense of the isolation the prisoners felt during their forced internment.

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How To Get To Tule Lake National Monument

The Tule Lake National Monument visitor center is located at the Butte Valley Fairgrounds. To get there from Klamath Falls, Oregon, take OR-139 south to Tulelake. From Redding, California, take CA-299 east. Just after the town of Bieber, turn north on West Gouger Neck Road and north on CA-139. When you get to Tulelake, drive west on Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and south for two blocks on Main Street to get to the visitor center.

Address

800 Main St. Tulelake, CA 96134

Fee: General Entry (per person) There is no general entry fee.

Fee: Butte Valley Fairgrounds Museum (per person) $3

Learn about one of the darker chapters in American history at the Tule Lake National Monument. After you explore the museum and take a ranger-led tour, the wide-open wilderness offers a chance to reflect and relax. An RV is the perfect way to embrace the isolated setting and enjoy the wild, rugged beauty of Northern California.