National Wildlife Refuge
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone Number: 907-543-3151
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The environmental education program on the refuge is focused mainly upon working with the schools and residents in the many villages that are located in and around the refuge. Many of the educational materials produced are bilingual to better serve the Yup'ik populations in these villages. The headquarters office has a conference room that is used for viewing films during the work week and on Saturday afternoons.
Subsistence fishing far exceeds sport fishing use throughout the refuge, although all of its waters are open to fishing consistent with state and federal regulations. Several rivers provide angling opportunities for all five North American species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, grayling and other species. Aircraft, power-boats and river rafts are the most common vehicles for accessing the refuge to fish.
All refuge lands are open to all hunting consistent with state and federal regulations. Opportunities for big game hunting are limited because of low populations, reflective of the available habitat on the refuge for these species. Several big game guides do provide opportunities for bear, caribou, and muskox hunting.
The refuge headquarters houses a visitor center that depicts not only the wildlife that inhabit the region, but a historical perspective on the use of the refuge by the Yup'ik Eskimo population in the area. There are no interpretive facilities or exhibits on the refuge. A small sales outlet is available with educational and interpretive products.
Although there are many opportunities for observing and photographing wildlife on the refuge, this almost always involves expensive travel from the hub village of Bethel. Muskox and reindeer occur on Nunivak Island; the coastal portions of the refuge support large concentrations of waterfowl and shorebirds; inland river corridors provide habitat for moose and black bears; and the Kilbuck mountains are home to brown bear, caribou, and occasionally wolves. However, visitors must realize that locating these species can be both expensive and time consuming on this large and remote refuge.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national educational program to inform visitors about reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. Leave No Trace principles and practices are based on an abiding respect for the natural world and our fellow wildland visitors. We can act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us by adopting the skills and ethics that enable us to Leave No Trace.
1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impacts.
6. Respect wildlife.
7. Be considerate of other visitors.
For more information on Leave No Trace, visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Web site. (http://www.lnt.org)
Refuge lands are open to the public at all times.
There are no visitor's fees charged anywhere on the refuge.
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