Visitor Activities

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Recreational opportunities abound on the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. However, these opportunities occur far off the beaten path. There are no roads or trails leading into the Refuge; rivers and airplanes provide the primary means of access. Most people visit the Refuge in the summer and fall, but winter recreation by dogsled and snowmobile is also an option. Although logistically challenging, those in search of solitude and primitive recreation will find both on the Yukon Flats.

  • Hunting

    Subsistence and recreational hunting are allowed within the Yukon Flats Refuge. Hunting is an important activity that is recognized as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. Moose, black bear and caribou are the most common recreationally harvested animals within the refuge.

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, see Rules and Regulations or contact refuge staff.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a favorite pastime of many Alaskans and an important component of the subsistence lifestyle of Native Athabascans. The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities accessible by the refuge’s pristine rivers and streams. Three of the five species of Pacific salmon, Northern Pike, and several species of whitefish can be caught in the Yukon River and its tributaries.

    For more information about fishing seasons and licenses see Rules and Regulations and the Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Whether floating Beaver Creek, hunting for moose, or camping along the banks of the Yukon, you will have the opportunity to view over 200 species of birds, mammals, and fish that call the Yukon Flats home. Whether you spot a brown bear foraging for berries or a peregrine falcon soaring above, the wildlife of Yukon Flats will surely make an impact.

    Learn more about wildlife on the Yukon Flats

  • Interpretation

    Interpretive programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world. Visit our Visitors Centers to learn about life in Interior Alaska and our unique arctic landscape.

    Learn more about our Visitors Centers

  • Environmental Education

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more about the wildlife, plants, habitats and ecology of the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge? Refuge staff may be able to provide classroom visits, educational materials, internships and volunteer opportunities.

    Educational Resources

  • Photography

    The majestic Yukon River with its braided streams, productive nursery habitat, and diverse wildlife is a perfect backdrop for a photographic adventure. Fly overhead or boat down one of the refuge’s many rivers to access this remote interior Alaskan landscape. Commercial photography or videography may require a Permit.

    View our Photo Gallery