Tule Lake National Monument

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When was the Tule Lake Unit created?

Tule Lake National Monument was originally called the Tule Lake Unit and was created by President George W. Bush on December 5, 2008. It was one of nine units in the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. As a part of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act signed into law on March 12, 2019 the site was redesignated the Tule Lake National Monument.

How is the Tule Lake National Monument managed?

Tule Lake National Monument is managed by the National Park Service, and is the responsibility of Lava Beds National Monument. Larry Whalon is the superintendent of both monuments and all Lava Beds staff work for both monuments.


All the lands that make up the Tule Lake National Monument were federal lands prior to the creation of the unit.

Three areas make up the Tule Lake National Monument. They all play a role in interpreting the history of the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII. These three areas are:

  • A portion of the original Tule Lake Segregation Center (37 acres) in Newell, CA
  • The Peninsula, also known as Castle Rock (1,293 acres), southeast of Newell, CA on Highway 139
  • Camp Tulelake Civilian Conservation Corps Camp on Hill Road east of Tulelake, CA

To learn about other laws and policies or to see the superientendent's compendium please visit the Laws and Policies page.

Last updated: April 6, 2019

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P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake , CA 96134



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