Plan Your Visit


Yukon Delta NWR provides numerous recreation opportunities to visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife, whether boating, driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.


You cannot drive to the refuge since no roads lead into Bethel, the location of the refuge headquarters. Various airlines provide regular commercial flights to and from Bethel. Upon arriving in the airport in Bethel, drive 2 miles along one of the few paved road in town, the Chief Eddie Hoffman State Highway, to the refuge office and visitor center which is located across from the hospital (a structure known locally as the "yellow submarine"). From Bethel, most non-local visitors travel into the refuge by small aircraft.



The Yukon Delta Refuge is open to visitors year round, but some areas are restricted seasonally or require special use permits. 



There are no visitor fees charged anywhere on the refuge.



The visitor center offers a small museum that exhibits wildlife, interprets the uniqueness of tundra and includes a large relief map showcasing the expanse and ecological diversity of the refuge.  A small sales outlet of Alaska Geographic is available, also located within the visitors center, offers a variety of wildlife and educational related products.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM and Saturday 1 – 4 PM.  For more information, call (907) 543-1018.



The administrative office is open Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM year round except for federal holidays.  For more information please contact the refuge.



Weather conditions on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta range from mild to severe and can change rapidly.  Please contact the refuge for advice on appropriate gear.  

To better prepare for your visit, please check current and forecasted weather conditions published by the National Weather Forecast Office.