Visiting the Refuge
The Koyukuk Refuge is located about 270 miles west of Fairbanks, and access is limited to air and river travel in this roadless part of Alaska. Most visitors travel to and in the refuges using motorized boats, floatboats (including canoes, kayaks and rafts), aircraft or snowmobile. Air charters are available from Fairbanks and some local villages. Please contact the refuge office for a list of air taxi operators with refuge permits.
What to Bring
Every time and everywhere you travel: Area maps, compass (and GPS), survival equipment, water filter for giardia, high energy food, stocking cap, gloves & extra socks. File a trip plan with your air taxi service, family or friends before you leave. Notify them when you return.
Summer -- extra strength bug repellent, hat, long-sleeved shirts, pants, warm clothing, rain gear. Temperatures: average day: 65F, average night: 40F. Early and late summer day: 40F, night: 10F.
Fall -- cold weather clothing, rain gear, extra clothing -- wool sweater, long underwear and heavy socks. Temperatures: average day: 40F, average night: 20F. Low temperatures: 25F, night: 10F.
Winter -- Extreme cold weather gear, extra complete set of clothing, snowshoes, axe, rope. Temperatures seasonally variable: average day: -10F to -20F, average night: 0F to -35F. Extreme temperatures below -55F are possible from November through February.
This is bear and moose country. Make noise and give them a chance to get out of your way. Cow moose with calves can be dangerous and fast. Never get near or between a cow moose and her calf. Maintain a clean camp and store food out of reach -- not in your tent! Pack out your garbage -- burying it is unacceptable, as bears will dig it up.
There are no public use cabins within the refuge, although there are some privately owned lands and cabins. Please do not trespass, and use cabins only for emergencies.
More information can be obtained by contacting the refuge office or visiting the Alaska Geographic online bookstore.
Last updated: July 22, 2008