Discover the many opportunities that await you on the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. Located in interior Alaska, northwest from Fairbanks, this remote refuge is only accessible by aircraft, snowmobile, boat, or by foot. There are no roads within the refuge. Visitors to Kanuti Refuge must be prepared to visit on nature's terms, relying on their own skills to navigate.
Most visitors who visit Kanuti Refuge come through the community of Bettles, which lies 150 air miles northwest of Fairbanks. From Bettles, air charters are available for drop-offs at lakes, rivers and gravel bars. Visitors can then access the refuge on foot or by boat. Keep in mind that this is a very wet area with no developed foot trails, and that many of the upland areas are not ideal for hiking.
In winter months, the Refuge can be reached from the Dalton Highway using non-motorized transportation such as skis or dog teams. Snow machine access is only authorized for traditional activities.
Contact the refuge office for more information.
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The wood frog is the only amphibian that lives north of the Arctic Circle and on Kanuti Refuge. It has the ability to withstand being frozen solid for weeks during the cold winter months.