Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Refuge Highlights

Virtual Dragonfly Day

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Save the date: this year we'll celebrate Dragonfly Day virtually on July 11th. More event info coming soon!

Dragonfly Day

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Stay abreast of what we're up to by following us on Facebook. Visit our page and "like" us!

Visit our Facebook Page

Refuge Gallery

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Take a tour of Kanuti Refuge and visit our photo collection of the various habitat and wildlife found in the Refuge.

Habitats and Scenery

Become a Friend

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Learn about volunteer opportunities and how you can become a Refuge Friend.

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuge
About the Refuge

A Land of Extremes

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Climate at Kanuti is defined by dramatic seasonal extremes of temperature and light. In June and July, temperatures can exceed 90 degrees F. This warmth, combined with 24 hours of daylight, stimulates growth and activity. During the long winter, temperatures can drop to minus 70 degrees F and the prolonged darkness keeps a tight grip on activities.

Visit About the Refuge to learn more

Did You Know?

What does "Kanuti" mean?

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The Athabascan name for Kanuti is Kk'toonootne and translates to "well traveled river by both man and animals."

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS