America's Wildest Places - Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Misty fjords, deep glacial valleys, and lofty mountains distinguish the 1.9 million-acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Kodiak is the Island of the Great Bear, the Kodiak brown bear that inhabits this wild, rugged Archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska, 252 miles south-west of Anchorage.
Today, the refuge has a global conservation role - to instil regard for bears, salmon, and other wildlife within the largest intact, pristine island ecosystem. Kodiak's diverse habitats encompass 117 salmon-bearing streams, 16 lakes, riparian wetlands, grasslands, shrub lands, spruce forest, tundra, and alpine meadows. Collectively these habitats sustain 3,000 bears, account for up to 30 million salmon caught by the Kodiak-based fishing fleet, support more than 400 breeding pairs of bald eagles, and provide essential migration and breeding habitat for another 250 species of fish, birds and mammals. Such natural abundance and spectacular scenery attracts thousands of visitors to the refuge annually.
WILDLIFE & HABITAT
Refuge terrain is mostly mountainous dissected by fiords and deep river valleys carved by ancient glaciers. Diverse refuge wildlands, ranging from Sitka spruce forest on Afognak Island to rolling tundra on the Aliulik Peninsula, help sustain brown bears, bald eagles, Sitka-black tailed deer, red fox, river otter, ermine, tundra vole, and little brown bats along with other wildlife.
Kodiak brown bears are a distinct subspecies from mainland brown bears; they have been isolated on the archipelago since the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago. A rich variety of vegetation, salmon, and berries provide ideal habitat for bears, and their population flourishes - estimated at about 3,000 bears within the boundaries of the Kodiak Refuge.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
Kodiak Refuge offers superb recreational opportunities—an ideal destination for wildlife viewing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and other types of outdoor adventures.
If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, Kodiak provides incredible opportunities for viewers and photographers! From birding to bear watching, visitors come from all over the world to enjoy observing species in their wild habitat.
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge offers a number of environmental education programs for a variety of audiences. Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of Kodiak? Contact or visit the refuge Visitor Center to check on program availability and reservation policies.
Popular fishing destinations such as the Karluk, Uganik, and Ayakulik Rivers offer world-class fishing opportunities for salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout. Hunting is a popular activity on the refuge. As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.
The Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center is located at 402 Center Ave, Kodiak.
Visiting Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge can be the experience of a lifetime! Getting to the refuge is not as simple as jumping into a car or strapping on a pair of hiking boots. The refuge covers 1.9 million acres on Kodiak, Uganik, Ban, and Afognak islands, areas only accessible by floatplane or boat.
Before departing for a trip into the Refuge, visitors typically reach the island of Kodiak by air from Anchorage. Listings for lodging, tours, air charters and outfitters are available through the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce at (907) 486-7605.
For questions about recreation, please contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-487-2626
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