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Medicine Lake Highlands Area

Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway- The Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway traverses an area which includes Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Lava Beds National Monument, and portions of the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, and Modoc National Forests.

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Description - The Medicine Lake Highlands is a popular recreation area. The Highlands were formed with the development of a broad shield volcano approximately 20 miles in diameter-the largest in North America. Within the Highlands are three geologic special interest areas: Burnt Lava Flow, Medicine Lake Glass Flow and Glass Mountain Glass Flow. Several campgrounds, a picnic ground and a boat ramp are found around Medicine Lake.

Recreation - Opportunities abound for recreational activities. Medicine Lake is a popular camping, sightseeing exploring, swimming, fishing, water-skiing and photography site. The lake has said to have healing powers by Native Americans. The geological features of the area offer great educational sites and a look into the Earth's past.

Climate - The variable climate ranges from warm, dry summers to cold, severe, moderately wet winters. Temperatures range from highs of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for a few weeks intermittently each summer, although they can drop to below freezing every month of the year. Winter temperatures reach as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit, although common daytime temperatures rise to the 30's and 40's. Approximately 13 inches of annual precipitation falls primarily as rain and about 25% as snow. Prevailing southwest breezes below daily clearing the air and bringing frequent weather changes.

Location - The Medicine Lake Highlands Area is located approximately 35 road miles southwest of Tulelake, California and eight miles south of the Lava Beds National Monument. Forest Roads 97, 49 and 77 provide the primary access to the area.

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Doublehead Ranger District, P.O. Box 369, Hwy 139 - South of Tulelake , Tulelake, CA, , Phone: 530-667-2246, Fax: 530-667-4808, TTY: 530-667-2246
, bweisger/r5,modoc@fs.fed.us

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Doublehead Ranger District - The Doublehead Ranger District includes the northwest portion of Modoc National Forest. The District features some awesome geological features including Medicine Lake Lava Flow.


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