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Kodiak Wildlife Refuge

Kodiak Refuge

Kodiak is composed of mountains, forests, bays, inlets and wetlands. The refuge comprises about two-thirds of Kodiak Island. In addition, the refuge encompasses a portion of Afognak Island (50,000 acres) north of Kodiak Island. Kodiak Island has an irregular coastline of bays, insets, and rugged mountains covered with alpine vegetation.

Spruce forests dominate the northern part of Kodiak Island and all of the Afognak Island portion of the refuge. The interior of the refuge is covered with lush, dense vegetation. Southwestern Kodiak is covered with hummocks (knolls) of grass. No place on the 100 X 40 mile island is more than 15 miles from the sea.

Kodiak NWR was established in 1941 to protect the habitat of the brown bear. Beside the brown bear there are at least five other native land mammals on Kodiak: red fox, river otter, short-tailed weasle, little brown bat, and tundra vole. Black-tailed deer, beaver and several other species of mammals have been successfully introduced to the island. Bald eagles reside year-round on the refuge in such numbers that they are in view continuously. An estimated two million seabirds inhabit the bays, inlets, and shores.

Visitor Use

Kodiak is known worldwide for brown bear hunting. Fishing is excellent for all five species of Pacific Salmon. Wildlife observation, photography, rafting, and camping are popular activities. The island is served by commercial flights and the Alaska Ferry system. A limited number of cabins are available.

For information contact:

Refuge Manager - (907)487-2600
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
1390 Buskin River Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
FAX: (907) 487-2600

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