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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Refuge Highlights

Virtual Dragonfly Day 2021

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Save the date: this year we'll celebrate Dragonfly Day virtually on Saturday, July 10. More event info coming soon!

Dragonfly Day

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Stay abreast of what we're up to by following us on Facebook. Visit our page and "like" us!

Visit our Facebook Page

Refuge Gallery

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Take a tour of Kanuti Refuge and visit our photo collection of the various habitat and wildlife found in the Refuge.

Habitats and Scenery

Become a Friend

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Learn about volunteer opportunities and how you can become a Refuge Friend.

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuge
About the Refuge

A Land of Extremes

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Climate at Kanuti is defined by dramatic seasonal extremes of temperature and light. In June and July, temperatures can exceed 90 degrees F. This warmth, combined with 24 hours of daylight, stimulates growth and activity. During the long winter, temperatures can drop to minus 70 degrees F and the prolonged darkness keeps a tight grip on activities.

Visit About the Refuge to learn more

Did You Know?

What does "Kanuti" mean?

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The Athabascan name for Kanuti is Kk'toonootne and translates to "well traveled river by both man and animals."

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