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.


  • Izembek mountains

    Celebrating 60!

    The lands we know today as Izembek Refuge were first set aside as a wildlife range on December 6, 1960.

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  • Refuge Photo Gallery

    Refuge Gallery

    This remote refuge is home to some of the most amazing wildlife and scenery in the world. See more.

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Refuge News

Compatibility Determination Issued

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has requested two Special Use Permits for conducting a wetland delineation survey and cultural resource survey on Izembek NWR for 15 days during late August/September, 2021. The refuge completed a final Compatibility Determination (CD) for these permits, available online:

Final CD for Alaska DOT Surveys

Film: Where Life Abounds

Snowy volcano with brant flying by.

Journey virtually to Izembek with this beautiful 17 minute film that takes you into the heart of the refuge.


Migration Magic

Izembek Rainbow 115x115

The world-famous Izembek Lagoon holds a superfood secret that nourishes nearly the entire global population of Pacific black brant on their epic journey from the Arctic to Baja California.

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Welcome to Izembek

Welcome to Izembek

Izembek from overlook

Welcome to Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a dynamic coastal and volcanic landscape that sustains people and a stunning array of wildlife. The 310,000 acre refuge supports migration spectacles, from waterfowl to all five species of Pacific salmon. Coastal brown bear, caribou, moose, and furbearers like fox and wolves find a home in the refuge year-round.

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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