• View of the Tule Lake Segregation Center from guard tower on top of Castle Rock

    Tule Lake Unit

Laws & Policies


As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in the Tule Lake Unit.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering the Tule Lake Unit. As a starting point, please visit the State of California's Bureau of Firearms website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities within the Tule Lake Unit; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Did You Know?

Group of Men

Martial law was imposed on November 14, 1943. The Army took control of the Tule Lake Segregation Center with 1,200 armed soldiers. The 28 guard towers were manned 24/7 by armed soldiers, 8 tanks, 6 patrol cars. The Army had 18 horses used by the guards to patrol the perimeter of the prison.