List of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lands With Significantly Restricted Access or No Public Access

The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, signed into law in 2019, includes a provision intended to increase recreation access to public lands.  

Section 4105 instructs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal land management agencies to develop a list of lands they own that have significantly restricted access or no public access and are at least 640 contiguous acres. Additional considerations for inclusion on the list include the likelihood of resolving the absence of or restriction to public access. The Fish and Wildlife Service asked members of the public to nominate land to be included on the list.

Below is the Service’s 2022 list. It will be updated biennially until 2030.

StateRefuge NameAcres Restricted Type of Access Required to Resolve Access Issue
AlaskaAlaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge1,362,431Easement
AlaskaKenai National Wildlife Refuge1,822,027Fee or easement
AlaskaKenai National Wildlife Refuge1,822,027Fee or easement
ArkansasCache River National Wildlife Refuge1,665Fee
IdahoMinidoka National Wildlife Refuge3,000Easement
KentuckyClarks River National Wildlife Refuge1,050Fee
MaineUmbagog National Wildlife Refuge1,030Fee

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