Online Highways Home > Alaska > Fairbanks

Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Search Fairbanks Alaska

Located in eastern Alaska and bisected by the Arctic circle, Yukon Flats is the third largest of all refuges, encompassing about 12 million acres. The refuge lies in a vast inland floodplain of the Yukon River dominated by river channels and about 40,000 seasonally flooded lakes, ponds, and sloughs.

About 1.6 million ducks nest on the refuge annually, together with many thousands of other waterbirds and countless shorebirds, making Yukon Flats one of the greatest, and most consistent, water bird breeding areas in North America.

Moose, black and grizzly bear, wolves, and other furbearers are common. Refuge waters support king, silver, and chum salmon as well as pike and other fish.

Visitor use is light due to limited accessibility, but rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are popular on major rivers and pike fishing can be excellent. Athabaskan Indians and other residents in and near the refuge depend heavily upon the area's fish and wildlife for sustenance.

Location: 101 12th Ave, Rm 264, Fairbanks Alaska 99701 Telephone 907-456-0440 Fax 907-456-0447

Other Wildlife Viewing nearby:
(Fairbanks) Alaska Bird Observatory
(Fairbanks) Alaska Mountain & River Guiding
(Fairbanks) Alaska Outdoor Council
(Fairbanks) Alaska Worldclass Adventures
(Fairbanks) Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
(Fairbanks) Arctic Wild

Request a Free copy of the Mile-by-Mile Guide to the Oregon Coast, which will be delivered to your USA postal address. Also request a free first issue of Oregon Coast magazine and sign up for coast deals.

07/06 Coming to The Fairbanks area