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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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


  • Aleutian Tern Colony

    Partnering to Protect Terns

    Thanks to a partnership with local landowner, Leisnoi, Inc., the Kalsin Bay Aleutian tern colony had a summer of success!

    Partnering to Protect Terns in Kalsin Bay

  • Fishing Friday

    Fishing Friday Firsts!

    Teen leaders get Kodiak kids outside for their first fishing lesson.


  • FANWR promo

    Ways to get More Involved...

    The Friends of Alaska Refuges supports all 16 of Alaska's National Wildlife Refuges!

    Learn more


Land Status Map

Alaska Web Map

Are you planning a trip to an Alaska Wildlife Refuge? Check out this interactive map for detailed information about the status of your public lands!

Land Map

Public Use Cabins

Image of brown cabin in woods

Explore the Refuge from one of our eight public use cabins! For more information about reserving a cabin, visit

Public Use Cabins
Visit Us

Winter Visitor Center Hours

Ranger Heather

Welcome! During the winter, our downtown Visitor Center is open Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm, and Wednesday from 10 am to 5 pm. We're located downtown at 402 Center Ave, across from the Kodiak History Museum.

Learn more

A Refuge Is Born

Established During a Time of War...

Bear cubs

For at least 7,500 years, people and bears have coexisted on the Kodiak Archipelago. Increasing pressure from civilization at the turn of the 20th century led to a declining Kodiak brown bear population. At the same time, the world began to take notice of the incredible size and unique natural history of the iconic animal.

Celebrating Kodiak Refuge

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