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Visitor Activities

Leaping SCA Work Crew

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

  • Hunting

    Hunter in Winter

    Becharof National Wildlife Refuge is rich in wildlife, and supports subsistence hunting by local rural residents. Many visitors from outside the area are also attracted to the Refuge to hunt. Brown bear are probably the most coveted by sport hunters, although moose, wolverines, and wolves are also found here. Caribou may not currently be hunted. Guide services, as well as aircraft charters and boat rentals, are available in King Salmon.

     
  • Fishing

    Fishing Ruth River

    The waters of Becharof National Wildlife Refuge support millions of salmon, and fishing at the peak of the runs can be phenomenal. Both sport and subsistence fishers also pursue Dolly Varden char, lake trout, northern pike, burbot, and arctic grayling. Information about guide services, as well as aircraft charters and boat rentals, is available from the King Salmon Visitor Center.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Brown Bear with Red Salmon

    Many brown bears congregate around the Refuge's lakes and streams when the salmon are running. Bear watching and photography can be excellent. A number of other large mammals are also found on the Refuge, and sea otters, harbor seals, and sea lions can be spotted along the coastline.


    All of the species available to wildlife viewers are also available to the patient photographer. Boating and hiking often provide excellent opportunities to see and photograph a variety of animals and birds.

  • Interpretation

    Ranger Orville Lind Interpreting Exhibit

    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." Exhibits are also located in the Refuge headquarters building in King Salmon.

  • Environmental Education

    Student Viewing World Through Insect Eye

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

Page Photo Credits — Leaping SCA Work Crew, SCA/USFWS, Hunter in Winter, Tom Prang/USFWS, Fishing Ruth River, Julia Pinnix/USFWS, Brown Bear with Red Salmon, Bret Greenheck/USFWS, Ranger Orville Lind Interpreting Exhibit, Julia Pinnix/USFWS, Student Viewing World Through Insect Eye, Julia Pinnix/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014
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