National Wildlife Refuge
|40 Tonzona Avenue
P.O. Box 69
McGrath, AK 99627
Phone Number: 907-524-3251
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|The Innoko River is the heart of this National Wildlife Refuge|
Educational programs are primarily directed towards schools in the Iditarod Area School District, with a focus on schools in villages near the refuge and in McGrath where the headquarters is located. Each year a science camp is held in August at an environmental building site downriver from the town of McGrath.
As is the case with hunting, Innoko's isolated location and lack of facilities limit the number of sport anglers that visit the refuge. Most sport fishing is done while floating the Innoko River, and the angling that rewards the rare visitors can be spectacular. In fact, the Alaska record northern pike, a 38-pound monster, was landed by Jack Wagner on the Innoko in 1991! Several fishing guide services ply the refuge waters.
Innoko National Wildlife Refuge supports a healthy moose population, and hunters from Alaska and the Lower 49 do travel to the refuge in search of this largest member of the deer family, usually by floating the Innoko River. However, most of the hunters that visit the refuge, primarily in search of moose or waterfowl, are residents of neighboring villages (Grayling, Anvik, Shageluk, and Holy Cross) or the nearby towns (Galena, McGrath and Bethel). Caribou, black bear and other furbearers are also pursued in season.
Due to the remote location of the refuge and its wilderness characteristics and values, there are no interpretive signs or trails on the refuge. There is a visitor contact station located at the refuge headquarters in McGrath that provides some interpretation of refuge resources.
A leisurely float trip down the Innoko should provide ample opportunities to see and photograph wildlife. Innoko is blessed with a wealth of birds in the summer, with an estimated 130 species nesting on the refuge. Moose, grizzly and black bear are also likely sightings, as are beaver, wolves and smaller mammals.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.
1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impacts.
6. Respect wildlife.
7. Be considerate of other visitors.
For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)
Refuge lands are open to the public at all times. The visitor contact station, located at the refuge headquarters, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There are no visitor's fees charged anywhere on the refuge.
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