Welcome to Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge! Established on June 27, 1974, Baker Island NWR is part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The island is a sanctuary for millions of seabirds, as well as shorebirds and various marine life. Baker Island is uninhabited, and entry is by Special Use Permit only.

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.

Visit Us

Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge is not open to the public and entry is only allowed through a Special Use Permit when the activity is deemed appropriate with purposes to the refuge establishment.

Location and Contact Information


      Law enforcement issues should be referred to the deputy refuge manager or refuge manager.  

      You may also report violations to our "TIPS" line 1-844-FWS-TIPS (379-8477). 

      About Us

      Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1974 and is located 1,830 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu. The refuge includes 410,184 acres, of which 531 acres are terrestrial and 409,653 acres are submerged. On January 6, 2009, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument was established, which includes Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge within its boundaries. 

      What We Do

      The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. 

      Our Organization

      There are many ways to support your national wildlife refuges. There are non-profit organizations that support  wildlife and restoration projects within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Volunteer opportunities can also be found at volunteer.gov.

      Our Species

      Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to numerous species of unique wildlife. The low coral island is surrounded by beaches on all sides composed of sand and coral shingle. Biodiversity teems throughout the refuge, ranging from birds and reptiles to crabs and coral.