Permanent protection for the Medicine Lake Highlands 

Tell President Biden and Congress to designate the Medicine Lake Highlands National Monument to ensure this region’s unique water values, habitats, sporting opportunities and cultural significance are permanently protected. 

Where is Medicine Lakes Highlands?  

The Medicine Lake Highlands (“Sáttítla” to the Pit River Tribe) are a region of some 200 square miles in northern California, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Mt. Shasta. This area is mostly within Siskiyou County, and is managed as part of the Modoc, Shasta-Trinity, and Klamath National Forests. 

What’s at stake?

Even among California’s remarkable diversity of landscapes and ecosystems, the Medicine Lake Highlands stand out as an area of public lands with unique geologic, hydrologic, habitat and biodiversity values that provides excellent fishing and hunting opportunities. This area is the homeland of the Pit River Tribe and is sacred to other Indigenous peoples for its extraordinary waters and landscape features.

Photo: Confluence Outfitters

Supporting information

In 2023, the Pit River Tribe formally launched a campaign to permanently protect the Medicine Lake Highlands as a national monument. Trout Unlimited and other sportsmen and sportswomen’s groups support this campaign.

The State of California and Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonsa Butler have endorsed national monument designation for the Medicine Lake Highlands.

National monument designations help to permanently protect some of the finest sporting opportunities in America. As the warming climate continues to degrade aquatic and upland habitats, we must act now to better protect places such as the Medicine Lake Highlands that provide productive habitat and supply clean water for people and wildlife.