Visitor Center

Visitor Center

 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."



 Visiting King Salmon

 NOTICE: The King Salmon Visitor Center will Close Temporarily Starting March 17, 2020. 

King Salmon, AK – The US Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the suspension of operations at The King Salmon Visitor Center, effective March 17, 2020. The suspension of operations is supported by Katmai National Park, as well as the Bristol Bay and Lake and Peninsula Boroughs. The Alaska Peninsula & Becharof National Wildlife Refuges will remain available to provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

The health and safety of our visitors, and employees at the King Salmon Visitor Center is our number one priority. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is working with the federal, state and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. A reopening date has not been determined at this time. We will notify the public when we reopen these sites and provide updates on our website and social media channels. We urge our visitors to do their part when visiting the Alaska Peninsula & Becharof National Wildlife Refuges and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

Updates about Service’s response to coronavirus will posted at Please check with individual refuges or facilities regarding the change of operations or postponement of events and programs. For additional information, please contact Sarah Lang, Visitor Services Manager, at 907-246-1211 or

The King Salmon Visitor Center is a great place to begin your visit to the refuge. The Visitor Center has an information/trip planning desk, interactive exhibits and interpretive programs, and an audio-visual room featuring films from our extensive library.  It is also an outlet of Alaska Geographic, a store offering educational books, gifts for purchase, numerous navigation charts, and topographic maps of the region. Information about air charter services, local businesses, and fishing/hunting guides licensed to operate on public lands can be obtained at the Visitor Center.

Contact the King Salmon Visitor Center by phone: 907-246-4250. You can also use e-mail:, or


 Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR Office

The Refuge Office is located in King Salmon, about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. The office in King Salmon is in a modern two story facility by the bank of the Naknek River. The office is located approximately 1/8 mile from the King Salmon Airport.  It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  There are exhibits on the ground floor.

For visitors who need special use permits or have walrus ivory to tag, it is best to call ahead to be sure the right person to help you will be available.