• Welcome

    Yukon Flats Refuge is a remote 8.6 million acre wetland complex nestled between the White and Brooks Mountain Ranges in Interior Alaska.

    Welcome to the Refuge

  • Fort Yukon Bunkhouse Construction

    30 Day Public Review. Environment Assessment and FONSI

    National Environmental Policy Act

  • Air taxi photo

    Commercial Permit Application Periods

    Yukon Flats Refuge has established application periods for commercial special use permits. See the link below for more information.


Items of Note

Local Culture

woman processing salmon at fish camp

Native Alaskans living within and near the Yukon Flats are primarily Gwich'in Athabascan Indians. Until fairly recent times, Athabascans were highly mobile people, moving in family groups throughout a home territory. Following contact with Europeans, Athabascans started settling in more permanent villages that evolved around trading posts and, primarily, newly constructed schools.

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Refuge Highlights

About the Refuge

White Mountains

The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to conserve fish and wildlife populations and habitats in their natural diversity including nesting waterfowl, other migratory birds, dall sheep, bears, moose, wolves, wolverines, other furbearers, caribou, and salmon; to fulfill international treaty obligations; to provide for continued subsistence uses; and to ensure necessary water quality and quantity.

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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.

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