Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge is open to the
public year-round. There are no entrance
fees or Refuge permits required for personal recreation or subsistence activities,
such as hunting, fishing, berry picking, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, or
Activities Requiring a Special Use Permit
use permits are required for all commercial activity, scientific research,
collecting activities, and use of cabins on Refuge lands and/or waters.
Commercial activities include all types of recreational guiding, transportation
services (e.g., air taxi, big game transporter), and commercial filming.
A $100 administration fee is required at permit issuance, and permit holders
are required to pay client use day fees. Contact the Refuge Headquarters [907-246-3339] for information about
applying for a special use permit.
Big Game Guiding
Special use permits for big game guide services are awarded
through a competitive selection (prospectus) process and are valid for five
years, with one additional five-year permit available non-competitively. The
Refuge recently re-advertised nearly all of the available big game guide
permits (application period closed February 29, 2012) for the new permit term
that began January 1, 2013.
Other Recreational Guiding
Permits for sport fishing, small game and waterfowl
hunting, and wildlife viewing are issued noncompetitively for terms of one
A special use permit is required for all
commercial operations, or any activities for which participants pay a fee for
any services rendered or goods delivered on Refuge lands. This includes
instructor-led educational groups where students earn educational credits for
an accredited course.
Operation of air and water taxi services,
big game transporters, or other transportation services requires a special use
permit from the Refuge. These permits are issued noncompetitively for one
year permit terms.
Commercial Audio/Visual Productions
permits are not required for still photography in Refuge areas open to the
general public. However, commercial filming and audio productions require
a permit from the Refuge. Contact the Refuge for special requirements
associated with commercial filming permits.
Contact the Refuge for information about
permits for any type of scientific research or collection any biological or
other natural objects.
Except in cases of emergency
involving the health and safety of individuals, use and occupancy of any cabin
on Refuge lands requires a special use permit. Existing permitted cabins
should be respected as private property.