National Wildlife Refuge
|Building 4, Fish and Wildlife Service Road
P.O. Box 277
King Salmon, AK 99613
Phone Number: 907-246-4250 or 907-246-3339
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|Sunrise at Mount Chiginagak as seen from Mother Goose Lake on the Alaska Peninsula.|
Environmental education programs are provided to local schools and villages on the Alaska Peninsula. The refuge staff conducted the first "Spirit of Becharof" Ecosystem Camp for high school students, in cooperation with local schools and other partners, during the summer of 1997. This environmental education program is planned to become an annual partnership event.
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 also 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. As is the case with fishing, guide services, as well as aircraft charters and boat rentals, are avialable in King Salmon.
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, wolves and moose are also found here. Guide services, as well as aircraft charters and boat rentals, are avialable in King Salmon.
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 subistence fishing; the life cycles of salmon; geology and vulcanology; brown bears; marine mammals; and other birds, plants and "watchable wildlife."
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 on the refuge, 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.
Refuge lands are open to the public at all times. The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week from May through September and six days a week (closed Sundays) from October through April.
There are no visitor's fees charged anywhere on the refuge.
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