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


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    Sustained by Salmon

    All five species of Pacific Salmon nourish both humans and wildlife on Kodiak. The refuge has more than 100 salmon streams!

    A Salmon Story

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    Ways to get More Involved...

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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