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 updates

Moose Hunt Extension

The federal subsistence moose hunt in Zone II of Game Management Unit 18 is extended by 15 days for the 2021/2022 hunting seasons, changed to September 1st-October 15th.

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Walk for the Wild

Walk for the Wildlife

Enter a drawing to win one of the 20 scholarships to participate in the 5K in Bethel and receive swag (certificate and T-shirt). No later than Sept 3, email or leave a voice message at (907) 543-3151 and provide your first and last name, telephone number, age group (no birthdates please), and T-shirt size. On the morning of September 4, the Refuge will randomly draw names, to select 20 participants, and will call the winners. To receive a scholarship, you must answer the call; otherwise, your sponsored slot will go to the next drawn name. Non-sponsored participants can enter the 5K event but should register no later than Sept 17 at the website below.

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Current Conditions

Yukon Delta Refuge has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The office and Visitor Center are closed to visitors, following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted here and on Facebook. Our staff continue working to serve the public: please call 907-543-3151.

2021 Kuskokwim River Federal Subsistence Management


UPDATE: Subsistence Fishing Announcement The Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager determined that Federal management is necessary for the conservation and the continuation of subsistence uses for Chinook salmon within the Kuskokwim River drainage. Emergency Special Action 3-KS-02-21 provides two distinct opportunities for federally qualified subsistence users to catch and retain salmon using gill nets.

2021 Emergency Special Action, 3-KS-02-21
Conservation news

Emperor Geese in Apparent Decline

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The emperor goose population has declined to the point where efforts are needed to help conserve emperor geese and future hunting opportunities.

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Featured Stories

Report Banded Birds

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Have you seen a bird with bling? Biologists use reports of band observations to study many aspects of bird ecology including survival and dispersal. You can help by reporting sightings of banded or marked birds.

Click here to learn more or report a banded bird

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