Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Fishing Friday

    Fishing Friday Firsts!

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


  • Bear face for Into Alaska

    Into Alaska

    Kodiak Refuge and Bear Biologist Bill Leacock take a starring role in a new series on Animal Planet, premiering Monday October 15th.

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  • Jill with Acoustic Monitor

    Sound of Success

    Jill Tengeres studies terns at Kodiak Refuge and recently received an Early Career Grant from National Geographic!


  • FANWR promo

    Ways to get More Involved...

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

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Refuge in Pictures


Take a photo tour of Kodiak landscapes and wildlife! We have several photo albums online:

Photo Albums

Science Spotlight

Research Promo

Camp Island in Karluk Lake has been a place of pioneering research for over 100 years!


Leaders in the Field

Anelise in Malaysia1

Catch up with one of our former YCC crew leaders- from Kodiak to Malaysia to a new career, Anelise Zimmer is a young leader in conservation.

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Visit Us

Winter Visitor Center Hours

Ranger Heather

Welcome! Our downtown Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm, and 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesdays. We are located at 402 Center Ave, across from the Baranov 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