Plan Your Visit


Visiting Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge can be the experience of a lifetime!  The Refuge can only be reached by boat or floatplane, so planning ahead is important.

Kodiak Refuge offers superb recreational opportunities—an ideal destination for wildlife viewing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and other types of outdoor adventures. Getting to the refuge is not as simple as jumping into a car or strapping on a pair of hiking boots. The refuge covers 1.9 million acres on Kodiak, Uganik, Ban, and Afognak islands, areas only accessible by floatplane or boat.

A Refuge visitor center is located at 402 Center Street in downtown Kodiak. This center offers displays, Kodiak videos, a small Alaska Geographic bookstore, and trip planning information. In addition, refuge staff offer interpretive programs for visitors and assistance to schools and other groups interested in outdoor classroom experiences. During the winter, visit Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday between 12 pm and 5 pm, Wednesdays from 10 am to 5pm. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the center is open every day from 9 am - 5 pm. 

For more information about recreation activities including hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing & environmental education, please read more about our Visitor Activities.

Before departing for a trip into the Refuge, visitors typically reach the island of Kodiak by air from Anchorage.  Listings for lodging, tours, air charters and outfitters are available through the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce at (907) 486-7605. 

For questions about recreation, please contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-487-2626.