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amphibian_plane_512x219Welcome! It is our great pleasure to welcome you to a truly magical place, the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. A land of transformations where ptarmigan change from summer browns to winter white and silvery salmon turn bright red.

Seasons of Operation 

The Togiak Refuge is open to visitors year round, but some areas are restricted seasonally or require special permits. The main office is located in Dillingham and office hours are Mon-Fri 8 AM - 5 PM year round except federal holidays. Staff may be located in Togiak, at Cape Peirce, or other sites seasonally.

Visitor Facilities 

Visitor facilites are available in Dillingham.

Visitor Services 

Stop in at the Refuge office in Dillingham for informational brochures, to look at mounted wildlife specimens or to ask questions.

 Entrance Fees 

There are no visitor fees charged anywhere on Togiak Refuge.

Getting there 

Togiak Refuge begins about 350 air miles southwest of Anchorage. Travelers come by air because as elsewhere in bush Alaska, no roads connect the Refuge or the nearby communities with the rest of the state. Our Travel to the Refuge map (216 KB PDF) shows the route.

Commercial airlines fly daily to Dillingham, Bethel and King Salmon from Anchorage. Barges supply these communities during the summer, but there is no passenger service to southwest Alaska by water.

Primary access to Togiak Refuge itself is by chartered aircraft. Dillingham is the hub for many of the air taxis that have permits to operate within the Refuge, although some air taxis fly from Bethel and King Salmon. Typically, air taxis will drop off passengers and gear and return at a designated time and place for pick up.

Rules and Regulations  

It is a good idea to be familiar with the regulations for each are visited and every activity engaged in. A good starting point is our Rules and Regulations page.

Location and Maps 

U.S.G.S. topographic maps are available to help you plan and enjoy your refuge trip.  

Weather 

Moist and rainy conditions typically greet visitors, residents and wildlife alike in summer, although warm sunny weather does occur. Daytime temperatures generally range between 40° and 70°F. 

Snow covers the mountains by early October. In November, ice typically forms on lakes and rivers and remains into June. Winter daytime temperatures generally range from 40° to -20°F, sometimes falling as low as -40°F. Winds can make even mild temperatures feel much colder. 

Visitors should always be prepared. It is not uncommon for a warm and sunny day to suddenly turn cold, windy and wet. Flights and travel plans must be flexible because weather can delay travel for days at a time. 

Current and forecasted weather conditions are published by the National Weather Forecast Office.

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2013
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