Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Izembek mountains

    Celebrating 60!

    The lands we know today as Izembek Refuge were first set aside as a wildlife range on December 6, 1960.

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  • Refuge Photo Gallery

    Refuge Gallery

    This remote refuge is home to some of the most amazing wildlife and scenery in the world. See more.

    Izembek Flickr Photos

Refuge Highlights

Film: Where Life Abounds

Snowy volcano with brant flying by.

Journey virtually to Izembek with this beautiful 17 minute film that takes you into the heart of the refuge.


Migration Magic

Izembek Rainbow 115x115

The world-famous Izembek Lagoon holds a superfood secret that nourishes nearly the entire global population of Pacific black brant on their epic journey from the Arctic to Baja California.

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Welcome to Izembek

Welcome to Izembek

Izembek from overlook

Welcome to Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a dynamic coastal and volcanic landscape that sustains people and a stunning array of wildlife. The 310,000 acre refuge supports migration spectacles, from waterfowl to all five species of Pacific salmon. Coastal brown bear, caribou, moose, and furbearers like fox and wolves find a home in the refuge year-round.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS