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The Becharof National Wildlife Refuge is a diverse and beautiful place. From the windswept Pacific coast to the rugged peaks of the Kejulik Mountains, from iconic Mt. Peulik volcano to vast Becharof Lake, the scenery is magnificent. Wildlife is easily viewed, whether by plane, from the banks of a salmon stream, or hiking the ancient Kanatak Trail. Plan an unforgettable visit here.

  • Visiting the Refuge

    Floatplane at Ruth Lake

    The Refuge offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including sport fishing and hunting, observing and photographing wildlife, hiking, backpacking, boating, and camping. While on the Refuge, you are truly in a wild place, with spectacular views and a high probability for danger, including interactions with wildlife and hypothermia. Refuge lands are remote and accessible only by small aircraft, boat, or rugged cross country hiking. There are no roads or maintained trails and help can be hours or even days away if something goes wrong. Please prepare accordingly.

  • Commercial Use

    Work crew boarding floatplane

    All commercial activity on the Refuge, including guiding and transporting, requires a Special Use Permit. Contact the Refuge office for information. Commercial, recreational, and subsistence activities are monitored to assure these activities do not significantly impact wildlife populations and their habitats.

  • Private Land

    Working on cabin

    There are many parcels of private land within the boundaries of the refuge, and not all owners have marked their land. Most cabin sites are private property. Please respect all private property and get the landowner’s permission before entering.

  • Backcountry Safety Tips

    Hiking in fog

    Always leave your itinerary with family and friends and notify them when you return. Refuge lands are remote and may be inaccessible during inclement weather. Help could be hours or days away should something go wrong. Carry emergency water, food, clothing, map, compass, first aid kit, and signaling devices. 

  • Be Wildlife Safe

    Brown bear and cub eating salmon

    Wildlife is an ever-present factor in any activity on the Refuge. Make sure you're prepared!

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  • Leave No Trace

    Hikers fording stream

    We hope your visit will show you a pristine landscape. Please leave it as you found it, or better.

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Page Photo Credits — Camp at Night, Susan Savage/USFWS, Floatplane at Ruth Lake, Jim Wittkop/USFWS, Work Crew Boarding Floatplane, Julia Pinnix/USFWS, Brown Bear and Cub Eating Salmon, Bob Dreeszen, Hikers Fording Stream, SCA/USFWS, Hiking in Fog, SCA/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014
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