Birds are sensitive during the nesting season. Vegetation clearing, ground disturbance, heavy wake near shorelines and other site construction and recreational activities can destroy eggs or nestlings or cause nest abandonment. If you encounter an active nest, leave it be and give it space until young hatch and depart the area. Do not destroy eggs, chicks, or adults of wild bird species. Learn about the laws that govern migratory birds in Alaska including possible exceptions for subsistence gathering. More information on avoiding waterbird harassment and timing recommendations for construction activities to minimize impacts to nesting birds.

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Access to Koyukuk is limited to air and river travel. The village of Huslia is located within the refuge with a population of approximately 250. Visitors can access the refuge by air charters or by boat via the Koyukuk River. The refuge visitors center is located south of the refuge in Galena, AK.    


Activities within the refuge are mainly activities that may require some experience being in a backcountry environment. Trails found within the refuge are mainly created by wildlife use. Activities that can be done on the refuge include, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, photography, wildlife watching, and wild edible foraging. 


Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge
C/O Koyukuk/Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge101 Front StreetGalena,AK99741-0287