6 Epic Adventures

Find your bucket list on Alaska Refuges

Hunt, fish, hike, and discover wildlife spectacles across the National Wildlife Refuges of Alaska: dream big and explore this vast network of public lands! Need inspiration—plan your next adventure with these destination experiences:

The August Alpine of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Fly in to a remote alpine lake as your home base and take to the rugged hills for a sunrise hunt. In late summer, Sitka black-tailed deer roam the steep fjords of this island refuge, bedding down in meadows of wildflowers and tundra. Stay high and avoid the brush of lower slopes while enjoying the mountain ridges, stunning vistas and abundant wildlife.

The Far-flung Pribilof Islands of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge The “Galapagos of the North” are a once in a lifetime hot spot for wildlife enthusiasts. Make the trip over the remote Bering Sea for a summer spectacle: millions of seabirds nesting along fog shrouded cliffs and fur seals basking on shore. Go during migration for the chance to catch a rare landfall of birds normally seen only in Asia. The two largest islands offer the best and most accessible marine bird and mammal viewing and photography from land.

The upper Selawik River of the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge Get away from it all above the Arctic Circle! Few visitors explore the upper section of the Selawik River, so you’ll find unparalleled opportunities to experience solitude, wild country and a break from modern human civilization. Bring a small boat (inflatable kayak or canoe works best), a rod, and your backcountry camping gear to float and fish this wild and scenic river in remote northwestern Alaska.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Mountains Climb above the treeline to wide open high country for a rare chance to find all three species of ptarmigan: willow, rock and white-tailed. This is upland bird hunting for the adventurous — ford mountain streams, explore trail-less terrain, and scramble across headwalls carved by ancient icefields.

Izembek Refuge Go in late July or early August for a chance to see high densities of brown bear feeding on the wild salmon runs, or take a fall tour in September to catch the migration of hundreds of thousands of waterfowl. Shorebirds, seabirds, whales, otters, and fox complete the opportunity for a wildlife viewing extravaganza.

North Slope, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Get hooked on an epic fly-fishing adventure beginning in the rugged headwaters of the Brooks Range. Choose among several rivers for a classic float trip of 10+ days that will take you from steep peaks to the meandering hills and plains of the North Slope. Explore the vast, wild landscape on day hikes from your riverside camps and enjoy abundant wildlife viewing, including more than 100 species of birds.

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In Alaska, we are shared stewards of world renowned natural resources and our nation’s last true wild places. Our hope is that each generation has the opportunity to live with, live from, discover and enjoy the wildness of this awe-inspiring land and the people who love and depend on it.

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