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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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