National Wildlife Refuge
|1.3 mile Borealis Avenue
PO Box 779
Tok, AK 99780
Phone Number: 907-883-5312
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|Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge includes snowcapped mountains and glacier-fed rivers, forests and treeless tundra, and an abundance of wetlands.|
The refuge conducts summer Nature Camps and classes for young people in the Upper Tanana Valley villages and communities. These activities are exciting experiences for many students, as well as valuable learning opportunities. The camps vary in type and focus, and include 4-day wilderness canoe trips, overnight watercolor art camps, weekly story circles and high school level 1 credit courses on fire science,ornitholog, boreal botany, geology, photography, or literature & the land. Day activities for youngsters round out the summer program. During the school year, the refuge works with students and teachers on special topics and programs as well as conducting teacher training and assisting in curriculum development.
Whitefish and burbot are important subsistence resources for area residents. Visiting anglers are more likely to pursue the arctic grayling and northern pike that are common in many refuge streams and lakes. Rainbow trout are found in Hidden Lake.
One of only two road-accessible National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska, Tetlin offers variety to the adventurous hunter. While ducks, caribou and moose are the species most often pursued, both black and brown bear, wolves and the majestic white Dall sheep are also found on refuge lands. In addition to ducks, small-game hunters may also encounter spruce, ruffed and sharp-tail grouse, and snowshoe hares.
The refuge's interpretive activities occur primarily along the Alaska Highway corridor. Interpretative facilities include a visitor welcome station near the U.S./Canada border, interpretive highway pullouts, kiosks at Deadman Lake and Lakeview campgrounds and a display at the Hidden Lake trailhead. Interpretative talks are given at the visitor center,and at Deadman Lake Campground throughout the summer months.
Most of the visitors who come to view and photograph wildlife do so along the Alaska Highway. Many stop at one or more of the seven interpretative pullouts or stay at one of the two lakeshore campgrounds. The refuge lies in a major migration corridor for many birds returning to their breeding areas on the refuge or elsewhere in Alaska. Migrating sandhill cranes and a growing resident population of trumpeter swans are especially popular among bird enthusiasts. Moose and waterfowl are often seen in the many wetlands on the refuge. Visitors who venture into the backcountry are, or course, likely to have more opportunities to observe wildlife than those who stay on the road system.
Refuge lands are open to the public at all times. The visitor welcome station is open May 15 through September 15.
There are no visitor or camping fees charged on the Tetlin Refuge.
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