Virtual Guidebook to Lassen Volcanic Park and the Modoc Plateau
Petroglyph Point
Lava Beds National Monument California


Several buttes of volcanic rock rise above the flatlands of the Tule Lake basin. Petroglyph Point is the largest and most dramatic. Ancient Indians carved petroglyphs into the soft tuff layers, high up because they were standing in canoes when lake level was higher than today.

East of the bluff was the site of Tule Lake Segregation Center, one of the World War II Japanese relocation camps. Almost nothing remains, though a small museum has been created in the town of Tulelake. This is part of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, headquartered at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.



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This petroglyph site is on the former shoreline cliffs of Tule Lake at Petroglyph Point

(July 20, 2011)


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The petroglyphs here have been carved into a soft volcanic ash deposit

(July 20, 2011)


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Carvings of uncertan meaning were carved here by Indians standing in canoes when Tule Lake's water level was higher

(July 20, 2011)


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Nothing remains of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, once filled with 18,700 Japanese-Americans

(July 19, 2011)


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