Birds are sensitive during the nesting season. Vegetation clearing, ground disturbance, heavy wake near shorelines and other site construction and recreational activities can destroy eggs or nestlings or cause nest abandonment. If you encounter an active nest, leave it be and give it space until young hatch and depart the area. Do not destroy eggs, chicks, or adults of wild bird species. Learn about the laws that govern migratory birds in Alaska including possible exceptions for subsistence gathering. More information on avoiding waterbird harassment and timing recommendations for construction activities to minimize impacts to nesting birds.

Visit Us

There are no roads or communities within the Refuge boundaries, and most of the habitats within it are essentially pristine, making Kanuti unique. Visitation is low due to the remote location, allowing for outstanding opportunities for those who do choose to visit to experience solitude. It's a place where visitors can find a remote wilderness experience with few, if any, visible signs of human manipulation or a permanent human presence. 


Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge
101 12th AvenueRoom 206Fairbanks,AK99701-6294
Refuge Administration Office

Fairbanks Field Office 101 12th Ave #110, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Bettles Ranger Station & Visitor Center

Constructed in 2008, the Bettles Ranger Station and Visitor Center is shared by the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. Staff at the center provide backcountry and area orientations.