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Description - The Alaska Penisula Refuge spans 340 miles of the Alaska Peninsula in the southwestern part of the state and encompasses about 4.3 million acres. Landforms of the refuge include rugged mountain crests, rounded sub-summits, U-shaped valleys, sea cliffs and fjords, low tundra wetland, glacial lakes and moraines. The dominant feature in the refuge is the rugged Aleutian Mountain Range, which is part of the chain of volcanoes known as the "Ring of Fire" that rims the Pacific Ocean. Eight major volcanoes, including five that are active, lie inside the refuge boundary. Brown bears, moose, caribou and wolves inhabit refuge lands and marine mammals are abundant in nearshore waters. The large coastal brown bears are attracted to the productive salmon streams during salmon spawning runs in the summer. Many thousand ducks, geese, swans and other migratory birds are also present during the summer season. Refuge rivers, streams and lakes support large runs of all five species of Pacific salmon, contributing to the enormous commercial salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. Arctic char and grayling are also common. There are no roads in the refuge. Visitors reach refuge lands primarily by plane and boat.

Recreation - Visitor activities include wildlife observation (sea birds and marine mammals),
backpacking and photography. Bird watching is popular on Attu Island (Aleutians) where Asian birds stop on their migration. Some islands have restricted access in order to protect wildlife. Military clearance is required to visit Adak, Shemya, Amchitka, and Attu Islands of the Aleutian Chain.

Climate - The climate in this region of Alaska is cool and wet most of the year. Visitors are encouraged to bring rain gear, water proof boots and wool clothing.

Location - This wildlife refuge lies on the Alaskan Peninsula, which extends from the southwestern part of the state.

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Contact Information:
Alaska Peninsula NWR, P.O. Box 277 , King Salmon, AK, 99613, Phone: 907-246-3339
, r7apbnwr@fws.gov

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Alaska Peninsula NWR - Official agency website


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