Kingman Reef 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
Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuge was established on January 18, 2001. It is only three feet in elevation and features one of the most pristine coral reef atoll ecosystems in the Pacific. The refuge consists of all emergent areas of Kingman Reef and its surrounding 487,016 acres of submerged lands and waters that extend out 12 nautical miles, including over 25,000 acres of thriving coral reef habitat.
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.
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.
Crystal clear ocean waters support a spectacular diversity of corals and other marine invertebrates, algae, fishes, marine mammals, and sea turtles at Kingman Reef. Kingman Reef is known to be the most undisturbed coral reef within the U.S., complete with a greater proportion of apex predators than at any other studied coral reef ecosystem in the world.