Highly pathogenic avian influenza & other frequently asked bird health questions

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in both domestic and wild birds in Canada and the United States. The strain now present in North America has caused illness and death in waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, and birds of prey. Birds that migrate to Alaska to nest and breed could be infected. Learn more including steps hunters can take to reduce infection risk and how to report observations/concerns. See also: Alaska Bird FAQ: if it's sick, abandoned, injured or dead

Visitor Center Closure

Our visitor center remains closed to the public. Limited virtual and outdoor education programs are available. Please continue to check back here or on our Facebook page for updates and information about our available programs and events. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is following federal, state, and local public health authority guidance as we continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit Us

Visiting Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge can be the experience of a lifetime! It offers superb wildlife viewing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, fishing, birding, and camping. The 1.9 million acre Refuge can only be reached by boat or floatplane, and Kodiak weather is variable, so planning ahead (including being prepared to stay longer than expected) is important. Familiarize yourself with these essentials for traveling in Alaska's bear country

Visitor Center

We invite you to visit us to learn more about Kodiak wildlife and ecosystems in our exhibit hall, be amazed by the complete skeleton of a 36 foot Gray Whale, or catch a summer interpretive talk by our park rangers. Maps and pamphlets, including an island bird list, are available at the information desk, and we also have an award-winning 12 minute film about the refuge available for screening on demand. Our partner bookstore, Alaska Geographic, offers natural history-themed books, cards, gifts and educational curios and a portion of all sales directly support Refuge education and outreach programs. You can now also visit the Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center virtually. We invite you to take this 3D interactive tour!

Public Use Cabins

Cabins are a wonderful way to enjoy the Refuge and access excellent fishing and hunting areas. Kodiak Refuge's nine public use cabins are are accessible via boat or floatplane and equipped with oil stoves for heating, pit-style toilets and separate meat caches (cabins do not have electricity, plumbing, or cookstoves). Learn about and reserve a cabin at Recreation.gov or browse these direct links: Blue Fox Bay, Chief CoveDeadman BayLittle RiverNorth Frazer LakeSouth Frazer LakeUganik IslandUganik Lake, and Viekoda Bay (Note: some have reduced access in the winter due to ice. You will have to provide your own transportation, lighting, cooking stove, utensils, and fuel for heaters). 

HEATING: Most cabins are equipped with Nordic-brand stoves for heating. They can burn kerosene, home heating oil, or automotive diesel (never use gasoline, Blazo, Coleman fuel, or similar products). 1-3 gallons per day is usually sufficient. Be sure to use heating stoves according to posted directions. 

CLEANUP: Haul out ALL trash, unused food, and fuel cans. NEVER bury garbage. Buried garbage may attract bears and create a safety hazard for you and/or future visitors.

      Activities

      Youth Education Programs

      Salmon Camp

      Register for the 2022 Salmon Camp lottery now! (Closes April 3rd, 5pm)

      The mission of Salmon Camp is to educate Kodiak’s youth about the natural and cultural systems that define Kodiak’s geography and empower learners to investigate their own connections to this special place through hands-on learning, self-reflection and group discovery. Registration for the camp is done through a lottery in March. After the lottery, any remaining spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

      More Information and Registration

      Happy Trails

      For explorers of all ages and their families. Saturdays from June-August we’ll have outdoor adventures for children of all ages and their families.  We meet at a different place each week.  

      FUN Program

      The FUN program is designed for ages 3-5 and their families. During the winter, we meet every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. at the Visitor Center. Stories, songs, puppets, and crafts will be utilized for hands-on learning for little nature lovers on specific topics. The FUN program has been in existence since 1995.

      Contact Education Specialist Shelly Lawson at michelle_lawson@fws.gov or (907) 487-0283.

       

      Locations

      Refuge Visitor Center
      402 Center Avenue Kodiak, AK 99615

      Stop by to visit us and learn more about Kodiak wildlife and ecosystems in our exhibit hall, be amazed by the complete skeleton of a 36 foot Gray Whale, or catch a summer interpretive talk by our park rangers. Maps and pamphlets, including an island bird list, are available at the information desk, and we also have an award-winning 12 minute film about the refuge available for screening on demand. Our partner bookstore, Alaska Geographic, offers natural history-themed books, cards, gifts and educational curios. You can now also visit the Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center virtually. We invite you to take this 3D interactive tour!

      Rearticulated gray whale skeleton hanging in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge visitor center
      Hours
      Visitor Center Hours
      Closed to Visitors
      Until Further Notice
      Refuge Headquarters
      1390 Buskin River Road Kodiak, AK 99615-6899

      Refuge Headquarters is the administrative site for Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, but there's still plenty for visitors to see and do at this location! 

      • Check out the Little Free Library, located outside the front door, to pick out an environmental or conservation themed book.
      • Pack a lunch and head to our overlook for a spectacular view of the forest and ocean.
      • Follow the signs to explore our connector trails through the lush spruce forest to Buskin Beach, Boy Scout Lake, and many more places.
      Driving Directions

      From Kodiak city take Rezanof Drive south towards the airport and Coast Guard Base. Take a left on Buskin River Road and then the first left at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge sign.

      Hours
      Refuge Headquarters Hours
      Monday-Friday
      8:30 am - 4:00 pm
      Federal Holidays
      Closed