Overview of the Tule Lake Basin
|Location||Siskiyou / Modoc Counties, California, United States|
|Primary inflows||Lost River|
|Max. length||8.0 km (5.0 mi)|
|Max. width||4.8 km (3.0 mi)|
|Surface area||13,000 acres (5,300 ha)|
|Surface elevation||4,035 ft (1,230 m)|
Tule Lake (// TOO-lee) is an intermittent lake covering an area of 13,000 acres (53 km2), 8.0 km (5.0 mi) long and 4.8 km (3.0 mi) across, in northeastern Siskiyou County and northwestern Modoc County in California, along the border with Oregon.
Wildlife and water
Canby's Cross is located about three miles (5 km) south of the lake; it is the site where General Edward Canby was killed by the Modoc chief Kintpuash, also known to American settlers as Captain Jack.
During World War II, the United States federal government forced the evacuation of Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans, including citizens born in the United States, to numerous camps built in the interior of California and inland states. They were forced to sell their businesses and homes, and suffered enormous economic and psychological losses by being treated as potential enemies. The Tule Lake War Relocation Center, a Japanese American internment camp, is located east of the lake, in Modoc County. Following World War II, the federal government awarded 86 farm sites on land reclaimed by the drainage of Tule Lake to returning veterans using a Land Lottery. A lottery was used because the number of applicants was greater than the number of homesteads available.
- pronunciation Tule Lake, OxfordDictionaries.com
- BGN: Domestic Names
- "Veterans Win Farms at Tule Lake Lottery," Life, 22:73-74, January 20, 1947, referenced in H W Martin and C A McMahan, 'Land Distribution in Georgia, The Southwestern Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 1 (June 1952), pp. 44-51
- Klamath Project, "The Klamath Project at 100: Conserving our Resources, Preserving our Heritage"  accessed 3 July 2015
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