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Bird-Watching in Chignik Lagoon

We provide information to visitors, and monitor use of the Refuge. The King Salmon Visitor Center provides information and educational outreach to visitors and local communities.

  • Hunting

    Hunting

    Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge is rich in wildlife, and supports subsistence hunting by local rural residents. Many visitors are also attracted to the Refuge to hunt. Brown bear are probably the most coveted by sport hunters, although moose caribou, wolverines, and wolves are found here, too. Guide services, as well as aircraft charters and boat rentals, are available in King Salmon.

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  • Fishing

    Fishing

    The waters of Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge support all five North American Pacific salmon species, and fishing at the peak of the runs can be phenomenal. Both sport and subsistence fishers pursue arctic char, lake trout, northern pike and arctic grayling. In fact, the Alaska state record grayling, a 4 lb. 13 oz. lunker, was caught on the Refuge in 1981. Guide services, as well as aircraft charters and boat rentals, are available in King Salmon.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing & Photography

    In addition to its great numbers of brown bears, which congregate around the Refuge's lakes and streams when the salmon are running, a number of other large mammals are also found here; and sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions can be seen along the coastline.


    All of the species available to wildlife viewers are also available to the patient photographer. Boating on the Refuge's waters often provides excellent opportunities to see and photograph a variety of animals and birds.

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  • Interpretation

    Interpretation

    The King Salmon Visitor Center offers a variety of interpretive exhibits related to the natural and cultural resources of the Alaska Peninsula. Highlights include Native peoples; commercial, sport, and subsistence fishing; the life cycles of salmon; geology and volcanology; brown bears; marine mammals; birds, plants, and other "watchable wildlife."

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  • Environmental Education

    Enviornmental Education

    Environmental education programs are provided to local schools and villages on the Alaska Peninsula. We conducted our first science and culture camp for high school students, in cooperation with local schools and other partners, during the summer of 1997. It is an annual partnership event.

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Page Photo Credits — Bird-Watching in Chignik Lagoon, Julia Pinnix/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2014
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