Start your visitor at the the Visitor Center located at the Tulelake Fairgrounds Museum, at 800 Main St., Tulelake, CA.
Here you will find 1/2 of a barrack, displaying how family and bachelor quarters might of been set up during WWII. The barrack also displays how homesteaders after WWII converted the barracks into their homes. You'll also find the top of a guard tower, a mural of the camp, and other exhibits. In additional to exhibits on the history of the Tule Lake Segregation Center and Camp Tulelake, you'll also find exhibits and artifacts about the surrounding area's history dating back to before the town of Tulelake existed.
This shared visitor center is staffed by Rangers seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day from 8:30am - 5:00pm. From Labor Day - Memorial Day the visitor center is not staffed by Rangers, but you may view the exhibits and pick up maps and brochures Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Tule Lake Segregation Center
The Tule Lake Segregation Center was the only one of the ten War Relocation Centers to be converted into a maximum security segregation center and add a stockade and jail to the grounds.
Visitors may only enter the jail and stockade area on a ranger guided tour, but you are welcome to take photos of the jail and stockade area from outside the fence. From Hwy 139 you can stop at the California State highways monument which also sits directly in front of the jail. The open area between the jail and the Hwy was once the stockade area. Along country rd. 176, you can view a wayside about the Tule Lake Unit, and see the backside of the jail.
The Camp was first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1935, but later housed Japanese Americans in 1943 then German Prisoners of War from 1944 - 1946. It is located on Hill Road approximately two miles north of the Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Visitors may only enter the grounds as part of a ranger guided program. You are welcome to take pictures of the buildings and view the road side exhibits from outside the fence.
Ranger Guided Tours
Tours of both the Tule Lake Segregation Center and Camp Tulelake are offered on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and are limited to 20 people. To reserve your spot please call 530-260-0537.
Tours of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which include stops at the jail and other areas of significance, begin at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds Museum at 10:00 am and last approximately 2 hours.
Tours of Camp Tulelake include a walk around the remaining buildings of this original Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, begin at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds Museum at 1:00 pm, and last approximately 1 hour.
To reserve a spot on either tour please call 530-260-0537.
Groups larger than 20 and/or groups wanting a tour on a day other than Saturday need to request a tour at least 2 weeks in advance.
For tours on days besides Saturday during the summer or between Labor Day and Memorial Day, please call at least 2 weeks in advance to schedule. Due to staffing, we may not be able to accommodate all requests.
Last updated: July 30, 2017