National Wildlife Refuge
|101 12th Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone Number: 907-456-0329
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Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge has a full-time Park Ranger who offers educational programs in Fairbanks and village schools. If you are interested in scheduling a school visit, please call the refuge for more information.
King, chum and silver salmon return to refuge waters annually to spawn. Clearwater-loving arctic grayling are often seen as they rise to the water's surface to capture insects. Sheefish, whitefish, burbot and nothern pike thrive in the river an lake systems within the refuge.
Both brown and black bears, as well as moose, caribou and wolves, are found on Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge, as are a rich seasonal variety of ducks and geese. Access to the refuge is difficult, however. Few hunters, other than residents of the nearby villages of Alatna, Allakaket, Bettles and Evansville, take advantage of Kanuti's abundant wildlife.
The Arctic Interagency Visitor Center in Coldfoot, Alaska provides information on Kanuti, Yukon Flats and Arctic National Wildlife Refuges, as well as Gates of the Arctic National Park and Bureau of Land Management lands within the Dalton Highway Corridor. Displays, presentations and hands-on activities await your visit. The new center opened in the late summer of 2003. The new center is closer to the Dalton Highway and has more displays and a theater area. Call the refuge for hours and seasons of operation. Interpretative panels can also be found on several of the maintained pullouts along the Dalton Highway.
Because the refuge is seldom visited by anyone other than subsistence users from the immediate area, those who do venture into Kanuti's backcountry will find unspoiled and virtually unused wildlands to rival those anywhere else in the world. These lands support a wide variety of wildlife. In addition to the large mammals mentioned above, wolverine, fox, porcupine, lynx, beavers, muskrats, marten and mink can be seen, as well as nearly 130 species of birds.
Photographers who visit Kanuti should be prepared for a completely unsupported wilderness adventure. Those who do explore the refuge with camera in hand will be rewarded by the opportunity to frame wildlife against spectacular backgrounds, including scenes that might never have been photographed before!
Refuge lands are open to the public at all times. The visitor center is open May through September.
There are no visitor's fees charged anywhere on the refuge.
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