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Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge
Welcome to the Koyukuk National Wildlife refuge sprawling across the floodplain of the Koyukuk River at the base of the Purcell Mountains.
Refuge History: Long before Alaska became a part of the United States the Athabascan tribe hunted the game on this land for thousands of years. Today's present tribal villages still depend on the lands plants and animals. In the mid 19th century some of the first Europeans to enter the region included Russian traders. In 1898, the Alaskan Gold Rush filled the Koyukuk River with steamboats bringing prospective miners to the region. Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980.
Wildlife: The wetlands of Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge help protect the home of fish, waterfowl, beavers and moose, bears, caribou, wolves, lynx and many others. Please treat their home with respect.
For the lover of the outdoors this refuge boasts numerous rivers, miles of multipurpose trails, and so much more. Come on out and explore!