Visitor Activities

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  • Bird Watching

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    Spring and fall are the best time to see the most bird species on the Refuge. The Bird Checklist notes the season and relative abundance of 186 species found in the Upper Tanana Valley. Waterfowl may be seen in these areas:


    MP 1221.6 Set of lakes on the north side of highway

    MP 1223-1225.7 Desper & Scotty Creeks - wetlands and lakes on both sides of highway

    MP 1267 Lakes south of the highway

    MP 1289 Midway Lake (private lands on south side of highway) 

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  • Hiking

    Trail Head for Hidden Lake Trail

    Hidden Lake Trail (MP 1240) is a 1-mile trail through deciduous and lowland forest to Hidden Lake. An elevated, running plank boardwalk keeps visitors dry while hiking to the beautiful destination of Hidden Lake. It is a quiet, attractive undeveloped area with no facilities. 

    There are opportunities for backcountry hiking on the Refuge for experienced hikers with wilderness survival skills.


  • Seaton Recreation Area

    Seaton Pond June 2013

    At the site of a former Seaton Roadhouse, Tetlin NWR designed a series of trails (complete with observation decks and benches) for people to explore this forested wetland. 

    Visitor accommodations include a parking area, pavilion, and a vault toilet near the trailhead. There is no camping, except in designated areas along the trail. 


  • Boating

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    Boat ramps are located at the Chisana River, ¼ mile south of Northway Junction (MP 1264) and at Deadman Lake Campground. Small boat/raft access is also available from Desper Creek (MP 1226) and Lakeview Campground (Yarger Lake). A small boat is available to visitors at Hidden Lake.

  • Fishing / Hunting

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    Northern pike, burbot, and grayling are the most popular sport fish on the Refuge. There are also rainbow trout in Hidden Lake (MP 1240.0) which are stocked by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. State fishing regulations are available at the Refuge office or Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Tok. 

    Refuge lands are open to hunting in accordance with state and federal regulations. There are unposted privately owned lands within the Refuge boundary that are not open to hunting. Please check with Refuge staff for details.