About the Refuge
The boundaries of Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge encompass 932,000 acres; however, some of these acres are owned by the state of Alaska or private citizens,leaving 682,604 acres managed by Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge's 682,604 acres include snowcapped mountains and glacier-fed rivers, forests,and treeless tundra and an abundance of wetlands.
On behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, welcome to Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. The Alaska Highway is the northern boundary of the 682,604 acre Tetlin Refuge for 65 miles northwest of Alaska-Yukon border. From scenic overlooks you can view wetlands important to breeding waterfowl, and boreal forests and alpine habitats important to moose, caribou, grizzly and black bears, wolves and Dall sheep. The preservation of these lands for wildlife represent the legacy of early conservationists. Our responsibility is to bequeath these lands and the animals living here to future generations. Perhaps our challenge is best underscored by the words of President Theodore Roosevelt: “Wild beasts and birds are by right not the property merely of the people who are alive today, but the property of unknown generations, whose belongings we have no right to squander." On behalf of the refuge staff and the community of Tok, I hope that you will come and visit us at the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a special place we can all share.
Greg Risdahl, Deputy Refuge Manager