Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge

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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge


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Today, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge covers two thirds of Kodiak Island, all of Ban Island, and part of Afognak Island, and includes 1,932,953-acres, all of it accessible only by float plane or boat. Spruce forests dominate the northern part of Kodiak Island and the Afognak portion of the refuge, while southeastern Kodiak is covered with lush, grassy hummocks. There is no spot on refuge lands that is more than 15-miles from the ocean. The refuge is home to many of the archipelago's approximately 3000 brown bears, and at least 600 pairs of bald eagles. Some 237 species of birds live upon or visit the refuge, while more than 1.5 million seabirds overwinter in the nearshore waters surrounding Kodiak Island. The refuge also provides spawning and rearing habitat for all five North American species of Pacific salmon. In fact, salmon spawned on the refuge make up approximately 65% of the total commercial harvest in the Kodiak Archipelago. Recreational uses of the refuge include hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, rafting and camping. The refuge also maintains several remote public-use cabins. Kodiak Island is served by commercial flights and the Alaska State Ferry System. Air charters into the refuge are available from the town of Kodiak.

Map of Kodiak NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 57.754310, -153.677840



  • Boating

    Boating is very popular at the Refuge, as it is only accessible by plane or boat. Once there, kayaking is another popular sport.

  • Fishing

    Popular fishing destinations such as Karluk River and the Ayakulik River offer world-class fishing opportunities. For public access to Koniag Easement Land along Karluk River and Karluk Lake, you must obtain a free refuge permit. While unguided visitors can obtain a permit by contacting the refuge, guided visitors can obtain a permit from commercial guiding services authorized to operate on Koniag Easement Land.

  • Hiking

    There are endless hiking opportunities here. Visit the Refuge visitor center to plan your trip.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is another popular activity on the refuge. With elk, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, and bears, Kodiak Refuge offers a lot of hunting possibilities. For more information, contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.


The climate of the Kodiak Island is dominated by a strong marine influence. The area is characterized by moderately heavy precipitation, cool temperature and cloudy days with freezing temperatures limited to winter (sea level.) The humidity is generally high and temperature variation is small. There is a common saying in Kodiak: "Just wait another five minutes and the weather will change." Keep this in mind when visiting. Pack along a rain coat and a pair of waders. You will probably need them. A warm jacket is also a good idea, as the weather can change suddenly and a strong wind causes wind chill effect. It is always cooler when you are along the rivers, on the beach or out in a boat.



Kodiak Island is accessible by either commercial airlines or the Alaska marine ferry system. To get to the visitor center to start your trip follow these directions. From the Kodiak State Airport turn right on Rezonof Dr. and go approximately 1/2 mile, turn right on the signed Buskin River Rd., go 100 yards and turn left into the refuge visitor center parking lot. From the Kodiak City Ferry Terminal, turn left on Marine Way and go to the flashing stop light. Turn left at the light onto Rezonof Dr. and go approximately 4 miles to the Buskin River Rd. Turn left and follow the signs to the refuge visitor center.

Phone Numbers


(907) 487-2600

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(907) 487-2600