Managing Tule Lake is an effort shared by park staff and the public. This portion of the park website is to provide the public with information regarding planning and management issues at the park.

Superintendent's Compendium

The Superintendent's Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of Tule Lake National Monument.


Amendments / Temporary Regulations

Closure Order # 21-001
February 5, 2021

Closures, restrictions, and public use limits: Under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 2.13 (c), the following activities are restricted in Tule Lake National Monument effective immediately, until further notice:

Individuals over the age of two years must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:

  1. All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, and restroom facilities.

  2. The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:

  • On the grounds of Camp Tulelake and the Segregation Center when part of an organized tour led by an NPS employee.

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Authority: 36 CFR l.5(a)(2)

Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the National Park Service (NPS) within the boundaries of Lava Beds National Monument, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents and stakeholders.

Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This order is consistent with Executive Order 13991, Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.

These directives require the NPS to take the actions identified, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to require compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands. In addition to physical distancing and hand washing, masks are a critical step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself.

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others.

  • Masks can prevent the spread of the disease even when the wearer is not sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (presymptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people.

  • Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household.

  • It is especially important to wear a mask indoors with people you do not live with and when you are unable to stay at least 6 feet apart because COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another.

This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. The effectiveness of this order will be assessed on an ongoing basis, and the order will be modified or rescinded when conditions warrant.


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: February 11, 2021

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Tulelake , CA 96134



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