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

Attention Sheep Hunters


If you are planning to hunt in Game Management Area 25A, be advised that the area defined as the Eastern Brooks Range Management Area (EBRMA) in the Alaska State regulations (also known as the Arctic Village Sheep Management Area (AVSMA)) is closed to all non-federally-qualified users, including closed for the youth hunt and the winter hunt (RS595).

Learn more in this PDF file...

The Coastal Plain oil and gas program

November 6, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers the Federal onshore oil and gas leasing program in Alaska. For the latest status on oil and gas developments, please visit the link below.

Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Domestic animal rule finalized

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published its final 2020–2021 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations, a national package focused on expanding hunting and fishing opportunities on Service lands. This package includes a regulation prohibiting the use of domestic sheep, goats, and camelids (i.e., llamas and alpacas) on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lands, due to concerns about disease transmission to Dall sheep and other wildlife. The final rule is published in the Federal Register. Please contact the Refuge at 907-456-0549 if you have any questions.

Federal Register domestic animal rule

Attention Drone Users

The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drones) is no longer allowed for any US Fish and Wildlife Service supported or permitted use. This prohibition applies to the use of drones for commercial filming and scientific research, even if the use of drones was previously authorized via special use permit. Secretarial Order 3379, issued by Interior Secretary Bernhardt on January 29, 2020, mandates that all non-emergency UAS flights cease until further notice. UAS flights in support of emergencies, such as wildfires and search and rescue missions, will continue.


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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.

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