Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge

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Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska

(907) 246-4250

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Overview

Sandwiched between Becharof National Wildlife Refuge to the north and Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to the south, Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge presents a breathtakingly dramatic landscape made up of active volcanoes, towering mountain peaks, rolling tundra and rugged, wave-battered coastlines. As is the case with most of Alaska's coastal refuges, salmon provide the principal "nutrient engine" for Alaska Peninsula, supporting the species that prey upon them and enriching the rivers and surrounding lands after they spawn and die. Where there are salmon, there will usually be bears, and when the fish are running, Ugashik Lakes and the streams that surround them attract brown bears in great numbers. (Black bear are not found on Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge.) Other large land mammals include wolverine, the caribou of the approximately 7,000-animal Northern Alaska Peninsula Herd, wolves and moose. The latter are relative newcomers, first observed on the peninsula in the early 1900s, and uncommon until the 1950s. The refuge's coastal and offshore waters are home to sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and migrating whales. Alaska Peninsula's numerous wetlands and often rugged shoreline provide habitat for migratory birds, including ducks, geese and shorebirds. The refuge is also home to the westernmost black cottonwood forests in America, which offer both migration stop-over and nesting habitat to neotropical land birds.

Map of Alaska Peninsula NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 56.244876, -159.381409

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is one of the best ways to see the Refuge. There are no established trails or roads.

  • Fishing

    Follow Alaska and federal regulations.

  • Hunting

    Follow Alaska regulations.

Seasonality/Weather

The weather on the Alaska Peninsula is characterized by cool temperatures, high winds, prolonged cloud cover and frequent precipitation. Severe storms can occur year-round, often with intense winds known as williwaws. Summer temperatures can range from 32° F to 80°F, with an average in the 50's. Precipitation varies with elevation and location. The Bristol Bay lowlands usually get less than 20 inches per year, while up to 160 inches fall on the Pacific coast. Most of the rain and fog occurs from July - October.

Directions

Driving

The refuge office is located approximately 1/8 mile across from the King Salmon Airport. Signs leading to the office complex are readily visible, and assistance can be obtained from the refuge visitor center which is adjacent to the airport terminal.

Flying

Regularly scheduled commercial flights are available between King Salmon and Anchorage.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 246-4250

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