NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Birds and Visitors
Follow the Tetlin Passage
Table of Contents
Visitor Activities............................. 4
Education Programs..................... 6
Volunteer Programs..................... 7
Refuge Map...................................... 8
Refuge Facts.................................... 9
Communities Take Action........14
Planning Your Trip...................... 15
Visitor Information Centers.....16
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
Kay Lynn Odle-Moore
Kay Lynn Odle-Moore, Shawn Bayless, Kristin
DuBour, Nate Berg, Brian Haugen, and Tetlin
All photos and maps courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service. Cover top: Biological work often requires
flights to refuge lakes; cover bottom: aerial view of
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
Printed on recycled paper using soy-based inks.
and welcome to Tetlin National Wildlife
Refuge, the only refuge in Alaska
accessible by the Alaska Highway! Tetlin Refuge was established
in 1980 under the auspices of the Alaska National Interest Lands
Conservation Act and encompasses over 700,000 acres in the
headwaters of the Tanana River adjacent to Wrangell-St. Elias
National Park and Preserve to the south and Kluane National Park in
Canada. The lands and wildlife here have supported the Athabascan
people for millennia and continue to provide the food and materials
necessary for a subsistence lifestyle by local residents.
In addition to providing breeding habitat for thousands of nesting
waterfowl, Tetlin Refuge serves as a crucial migratory corridor
for many other birds and mammals; over 180 bird species and 42
mammals have been documented on the refuge. I welcome your stay
here in the Upper Tanana area and challenge you to see how many
species you can identify!
The refuge is open to hiking, canoeing, hunting, fishing, and camping
and is accessible along the Alaska Highway from the Canada border
to MP 1242. You may also access the refuge at the MP 1285
trailhead. Overnight camping is allowed anywhere on refuge lands,
and there are two established campgrounds you are welcome to use.
Don’t forget to stop at our visitor center at MP 1229! Please enjoy
your stay, and don’t hesitate to give us a call at 907-883-5312.
The Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Guide is
published by the Alaska Geographic Association in
cooperation with Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.
Produced and Designed by:
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to
administer a national network of lands and waters for the
conservation, management, and restoration of fish, wildlife,
and plant resources and their habitat for the benefit of
present and future generations of Americans.
Heading north up the Alaska Highway? Did you know
that hundreds of thousands of birds fly a similar route
known as the Tetlin Passage each spring? The Tetlin
National Wildlife Refuge is situated within this natural
corridor of the Upper Tanana River Valley. Each spring,
from April through May, songbirds, swans, ducks, geese,
shorebirds, sandhill cranes, and raptors funnel through
this major migration pathway. Because it is a migration
corridor for sandhill cranes with important nesting habitat for trumpeter swans, this region has received special
recognition from the National Audubon Society as an
Important Bird Area.
Numerous birds of prey are commonly seen on the
refuge. During the spring, fish-eating bald eagles and
osprey often return to the same nesting areas along
refuge waterways. After years of adding new material,
eagle nests can span more than six feet in diameter.
These habitats also support the highest density of
nesting osprey in Alaska.
Keep a close lookout for other commonly sighted raptors
that nest here, including red-tailed hawk, northern
harrier, golden eagle, great-horned owl, and northern
In August, cooler temperatures and decreasing
daylight prompt birds and visitors to move south.
Trumpeter swans, the symbol of the Tetlin National
Wildlife Refuge, begin leaving in mid-September.
These departing flocks leave us with a sense of
admiration for the many miles they will travel before
their return next spring.
Peregrine falcons favor river bluffs and cliffs for their nests. They make
spectacular high speed dives reaching 200 miles an hour to kill prey,
such as waterfowl and other birds. Once faced with near extinction,
peregrine falcons have rebounded dramatically due to the banning of
DDT in 1972 and protection under the Endangered Species Act. The
local peregrine population has recovered from four nesting pairs to 24
in the last two decades.
The olive-sided flycatcher is perhaps best known for its emphatic song: quick
THREE BEERS! During the short breeding season, this drab little bird sits proudly and prominently
atop spruce snags on Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Olive-sided flycatcher populations have
experienced significant declines in recent years, and wildlife biologists at Tetlin want to better
understand what factors might be contributing to these declines. One possibility is that habitat
on breeding, migration, or wintering areas is impacting the birds’ survival. So Tetlin biologists are
capturing olive-sided flycatchers and fitting them with tiny tracking devices (the weight of a
paperclip) called geolocators. Unlike GPS-driven devices that use satellites to retrieve data,
geolocators store data on-board, which means the birds must be recaptured to retrieve the
information. The data these birds bring back will help us to better understand what regions are
important for the olive-sided flycatcher population and where we should target conservation
efforts to ensure that the species keeps coming back to Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.
Visitor Activities at Tetlin Refuge
Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center (MP 1229 Alaska
Hwy.) offers wildlife exhibits, visitor information,
Native craft demonstrations, interpretive talks, and
a large observation deck with spotting scopes. Open
daily from May 15 to September 15, 8 a.m. until 4:30
p.m., with extended hours when staff is available.
Two free campgrounds located along the Alaska
Highway are operated by the refuge. Each has tables,
toilets, firepits, and garbage containers, but no
Auto Tour CDs can be picked up and dropped off at
Tetlin Refuge and Tok visitor centers. This oral narrative describes wildlife and habitats on the
refuge, local Athabascan history and culture, and
the construction of the Alaska Highway.
Deadman Lake Campground (MP 1249 Alaska
Hwy.) has interpretive talks at 7 p.m. from
June through August.
Highway Pullouts with interpretive panels are
located in five locations along 65 miles of the
Alaska Highway (see refuge map page 8). These
panels highlight the dynamics of the natural
landscape and local wildlife.
Trappers’ Trail (MP 1229 Alaska Hwy.) is a 1/3 mile
(one direction) moderate hike which leads to two
Deadman Lake Campground (MP 1249
Alaska Hwy.) has 15 private campsites; 6 sites are
suitable for RVs. Open through late fall.
Lakeview Campground (MP 1256 Alaska Hwy.)
has 11 primitive campsites—not recommended for
vehicles over 30 feet. Photo blind nearby.
• Maximum 14-day stay camping limit
• Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
• No shooting of firearms within 1/4 mile of the
dock and all campsites
• No carrying, possessing, or discharging
fireworks or explosives
• No harassing of wildlife or gathering of plants
• Please keep a clean camp and discard all garbage
and waste in the bear-proof garbage containers
provided. Fish refuse should be discarded in
deep water or placed in bear-proof garbage
Boat ramps are located at Chisana River, 1/4-mile
south of Northway Junction (MP 1264 Alaska Hwy.)
and Deadman Lake Campground. Small boat and
canoe access from Desper Creek (MP 1226 Alaska
Hwy.) and Lakeview Campground.
Northern pike, burbot, and grayling are the most
popular fish on the refuge. Hidden Lake is stocked
with rainbow trout. State fishing regulations are
available from the visitor center, refuge headquarters,
or the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Tok.
Fishing licenses are available from local businesses.
Remote administrative cabins, primarily used to support refuge field operations, can be reserved at other
times by the public. Call 907-883-5312 for details.
Refuge lands are open to hunting under state and
federal regulations. Please check with refuge staff to
verify refuge boundaries.
Spring and fall are the best times to see the greatest
variety of species. Pick up a refuge bird checklist at the
visitor center or headquarters. Waterfowl may be seen
in these areas along the Alaska Highway:
Lakes on the north side of highway
Desper & Scotty creeks
Deadman Lake Campground
Lakes south of the highway
Seaton Recreation Area (MP 1234.7 Alaska Hwy)
Hike multiple trails, ranging from 1/2 to 3/4 miles in
Hidden Lake Trail (MP 1240 Alaska Hwy.) is a onemile, planked trail through deciduous and lowland
forest to a lake stocked with rainbow trout. No
Taiga Trail (MP 1249 Alaska Hwy.) is a 1/4-mile
interpretive boardwalk trail through a black spruce
forest with an observation deck at the end. Located
at Deadman Lake Campground.
Backcountry Hiking and camping are allowed
throughout the refuge for experienced hikers with
wilderness survival skills. Please check with refuge
staff to verify refuge boundaries.
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
Mile 1.3 Borealis Avenue, Tok, 907-883-5312
Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center
MP 1229 Alaska Highway, 907-774-2245
Any information on wildland fires
should be reported to Tok State Forestry
MP 123.5 Tok Cut-off, Tok
907-883-FIRE (3473) or 907-883-5134
Environmental Education for All Ages!
Young people don’t have a monopoly on having fun at Tetlin. Spurred by an idea to
get some of Tok’s beloved elder residents reconnected with the natural world, Tetlin
Refuge is partnering with Tok Senior Center to organize enjoyable, safe, outdoor
education opportunities for seniors.
A leisurely, evening raft trip down the Tok River provides a grand experience for
participating elders. Along the way, a recent wildfire burn sparks discussion of
fire history, ecology, and plant succession. The group spots a great horned owl and
watches a rainstorm come down the valley. Further downriver, a picnic supper takes
main stage on a gravel bar with a great campfire. When it’s time for giant
marshmallows, it’s discovered that seniors and kids have a lot in common.
Environmental Education in the Schools
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge often partners with Alaska Gateway
School District on special projects. During the school year, Tetlin staff
assists teachers in classrooms. Science curricula includes the role of fire,
migratory birds, owl pellets, waterfowl, raptors, winter adaptations and
arctic survival, climate change, art with nature, Alaskan wildlife,
geology, habitat, botany, the Young Naturalist Program, and Junior Duck
Stamp Program. Students love learning about their natural world. What
fun it is to see these future stewards of our lands learn!
Parents and Kids Sharing the Outdoors
Remember all the fun we had as kids romping through
the fields and forests, playing in empty lots, getting muddy in the river? Maybe your parents took you on family
hikes or camping trips? It seemed like the
natural world was never far away.
In today’s busy world, it’s often difficult for parents
to find opportunities to share outdoor adventures with
their children. Tetlin Refuge has helped make this
happen through “Parents and Kids” day camps.
Whether it’s learning about aquatic habitats and fishing
for pike at Deadman Lake, hiking up Mount Fairplay
to identify plants of the alpine tundra, or rafting on the
Tok River to explore the importance of natural fire in
the boreal forest, families learn and have fun together.
Once they realize how much fun these “backyard”
adventures can be, parents will say, “I should bring the
kids here to camp out later this summer.” Or “I had no
idea this was such a cool spot. We’ll come back with our
When families enjoy and learn about the outdoors
together, the values of stewardship are passed on. The
hope is that in years to come, when today’s kids have
families of their own, these natural places will still be
here for them to enjoy outdoor adventures together.
For more information on summer programs, please call 907-883-5312.
Volunteer and Friends Programs
Get Involved and Make a Difference
Together with our wonderful volunteers, we’re able to
do more for you, the visitor, and the refuge. Who are
our volunteers? They are people who want to give back,
to be good stewards of the land, to learn more about
conservation, and who enjoy the outdoors.
Who are the Friends? Friends of Alaska National
Wildlife Refuges is an independent, nonprofit
organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of natural resources for all the National Wildlife
Refuges in Alaska.
What do our volunteers do? Our volunteers help
to meet and greet visitors at our Visitor Center, give
interpretive talks and hikes, help with maintenance and
construction of facilities, and chaperone educational
field trips. Volunteers with more specialized skills
grade campground roads, assist with special construction projects, and conduct duck brood surveys. While
giving of their time and energy, volunteers can enjoy
the refuge and get to know Tetlin’s staff. When you
visit Tetlin, if you find yourself thinking, “I love this
place—how do I get involved?” ask us about volunteer
opportunities. Time commitments vary depending on
the project, with some projects requiring specialized
The mission of our “Friends” organization is driven by
the following goals:
1) Educate the public and decision-makers on
local, national, and international levels about
Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges.
2) Assist the refuges in accomplishing their
missions through wildlife management and habitat
3) Fund refuge-oriented projects through grants,
memberships, donations, and other activities.
Over the years, the advocacy of our Friends organization has made a difference in many significant issues
facing Alaska’s refuges.
If you are interested in volunteering at the refuge or
in becoming a Friend, please visit www.volunteer.gov
Nurturing refuges beyond our own time
The Tetlin wildlife refuge
encompasses 934,513 acres and is
part of the world’s largest contiguous
conservation unit, sharing a border
with Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
and Preserve and Kluane National
Park in Canada.
The Alaska Highway borders the
refuge for 65 miles providing unique
opportunities to explore the area.
Hundreds of thousands of birds fly
the Tetlin Passage traveling from as
far away as South America.
Thousands of sandhill cranes
migrate through the refuge in the
spring and fall.
Nesting trumpeter swans, once rare,
are now commonly found on the refuge.
The importance of this region to
trumpeter swans and sandhill cranes
led to the Tetlin Refuge and the
Upper Tanana Valley being recognized
as an Important Bird Area (IBA) of global
Common Animals and Their Habitats
For the lynx study, lynx are
sedated while they’re assessed
and collared. When it’s very cold,
they’re blanketed until they’ve
The lynx’s dependence on cold snowy environments
and snowshoe hares for survival make them an excellent
“indicator species” for the health of the boreal forest ecosystem. Lynx can move really long distances (100-1000+
miles) in search of food, mates, and habitat. The long
treks lynx make may contribute to the 10-year cycle or the
“traveling wave” of snowshoe hare abundance across the
boreal forests of North America.
Additionally, lynx movements may be critical for the
long-term persistence of the species near the southern
periphery of their range in Canada and the United States.
For these reasons Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge has
teamed up with researchers in Alaska, Canada, and the
Lower 48 states to investigate movement patterns and
dispersal behavior of lynx in relation to snowshoe hare
abundance. This is an ambitious international project
with many study sites.
Cooperators and Partners: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research
Site, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, BLM Fairbanks
Field Office, Department of Defense, Koyukuk-Nowitna
NWR, Kanuti NWR, Yukon Flats NWR, Gates of the
Arctic National Park and Preserve, Kluane Field Station
of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Washington
State University, University of Washington, University of
Minnesota, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, and
Boone Smith Wildlife Capture.
Ponds and lake edges
American Green-winged Teal
Keep Your Distance. If an animal alters its
behavior because of your presence, you are too
close. Responsible visitors use binoculars and
telephoto lenses to observe an animal’s normal
Wet meadows and burned areas
Black & Brown Bears
Northern Hawk Owl
A member of the deer
family, caribou primarily
eat lichen during the winter.
This largest member of the deer
family feeds primarily on willow,
aspen, and birch.
Both males and females
have antlers; males shed
antlers in early winter and
females in spring.
Only males have antlers which can
grow an inch (2.5 cm) each day;
antlers are shed in early winter.
respond to repeated interference by abandoning
their home, nesting sites, and even their young.
Remember that we are the visitors.
Never Feed the Wildlife. Animals that
Bears are active day and night, and can be anywhere.
Watch for tracks and scat. If you come in close
proximity to a bear, stop, remain calm, talk quietly,
and then back away slowly. Don’t make sudden
movements, loud noises, or turn your back on a
bear. If the bear approaches, stand your ground.
Do not run!
become accustomed to human food become
problem animals that need to be removed from the
area. Don’t leave backpacks, trash, or food where
an animal might find it.
Drive Safely. When you see wildlife, stop to
view them from a safe pullout, not from the roadway.
Please do not follow an animal at close distance in
your vehicle. Be alert for animals crossing the road,
especially at dawn, dusk, and at night.
Help Protect the Refuge. Remind others of
their ethical responsibility when viewing wildlife.
Moose often graze near the highway
where shrubs and plants are
plentiful. Both adults and young can
appear suddenly from brushy
roadside habitat. Be prepared for a
calf and cow to cross the road
Caribou from two separate
herds use the refuge during
their migration between
wintering areas and calving
Respect the Animals. Animals often
Forests and forest edges
Black & Brown Bears
Brown Bear Ursus arctos
Black Bear Ursus americanus
Please report all bear encounters to the visitor
center or headquarters. For more information on
traveling in bear country visit www.fws.gov/refuge/
• Wildlife tend to be more visible during early morning twilight hours.
• Be still and quiet so animals can maintain normal activity.
• Your car is the best place to view and photograph wildlife.
• Be aware of what’s around you, not just your chosen subject.
• Stop by local visitor centers to check the daily wildlife and bird sighting report.
• Become familiar with the habitat(s) and habits of the species you want to see.
A Work in Progress
A Wilderness Laboratory
Interior Alaska’s boreal forest is an unfinished
masterpiece, reshaped each year by wildland fires.
It’s hard to imagine that a charred landscape can be
cause for celebration, but along with wind and rain, fire
plays an essential role in Interior Alaska’s ecosystems.
Plants and animals here have adapted to fire and often
benefit from it.
During the past 50 years, scientists have greatly improved their understanding
of fires. Some work has been completed in the laboratory, but much of it has
been accomplished in the forest during and following actual fires. Large fires
make excellent laboratories, especially when they can be monitored without
being suppressed. The Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge has been designated as
a Land Management Resource Demonstration Area where the effects of fire
can be studied.
• Black spruce are very common in the Interior and
have semi-serotinous cones—they need heat (from
fire or intense sunlight) to open and spread seeds on
newly exposed soils. A new generation is born as old
trees are consumed by fire.
Some of the projects already underway on the refuge include:
• Studying how fire affects the seasonal distrubution of moose, and the
relationship between fire and moose populations
• Monitoring burn severity (how hot the fire burned) based on satellite
imagery to simplify future fire assessments
• Wildflowers such as lupine, fireweed, and bluebells
also take advantage of exposed soil, weaving colorful
carpets that may cover burned areas for several
• Monitoring post-fire plant change over time so that long-term consequences
of fire management decisions can be predicted
• Willows develop wholesome new shoots that are
eaten by moose and a host of small mammals.
• An explosion of highly regarded morel mushrooms
often occurs the summer following a wildfire,
providing a tasty treat for people and wildlife.
• Burned trees eventually topple and create cover for
small mammals such as marten and snowshoe hares.
Over time, fires remove accumulated dead vegetation
and break up continuous forest stands into a patchwork
of plant communities. These areas support a diversity
of animals seeking food, water, and shelter. Fire is the
herald of new beginnings in Interior Alaska, where most
plants and animals thrive because of fire, not in spite of it.
Northway and Tetlin village councils and other
communities are working with Tetlin Refuge and
the Alaska Division of Forestry to protect homes,
schools, and other structures from wildland fires.
With federal and state funding, crews thin the forest
around communities and create fire breaks that
dramatically reduce the wildfire hazard and provide
fuel for biomass boilers that heat schools and other
Other cooperative efforts to protect developed
areas include assistance agreements with local fire
departments and a homeowner awareness program
called “Firewise.” Firewise encourages residents to
reduce hazards around homes before they are
threatened by a fire. The Tetlin National Wildlife
Refuge, the Alaska Division of Forestry, and residents
of the Upper Tanana Valley continue to work toward
“fire safe” communities in a fire-prone land.
• WILDFIRE CYCLE: In a typical, boreal spruce forest,
as found at Tetlin, the time between natural wildland fires is
80 to 200 years.
• LIGHTNING ROD: The record for lightning strikes
in Alaska over a 24-hour period is 9,022 on July 15, 2004.
• SOME LIKE IT HOT: Black spruce cones are
semi-serotinous—they need heat (from fire or intense sunlight)
to open and spread seeds.
• IMPROVING PLANTLIFE: Fires improve growing
conditions in permafrost areas by adding nutrients to the soil
and increasing the depth and warmth of the unfrozen active
layer (the layer of ground above permafrost).
• LOCAL FIRES: The Taylor Complex fires of 2004
near Tok and Northway burned 1,305,252 acres.
• RECORD FIRE: 2004 was the largest fire season in
Alaska’s history—6.5 million acres burned. Lightning caused
most of these fires. 2015 was Alaska’s second largest with
5.1 million acres burned.
Protect Natural Wildlands and Wildlife
Invasive plants are aggressive, introduced species that out-compete native plants for
light, water, and nutrients. They often grow rapidly, mature early, spread seeds that
survive a long time, and have no natural controls. When alien plants displace native
plants, habitats may be altered and no longer suitable for some resident wildlife.
People unintentionally contribute to the spread of these unwanted plants. Here’s how
you can help:
• Learn invasive plant names and how to identify them
• Avoid purchasing contaminated seed mixes
• Plant only native species
• Don’t pick the flowers of unknown plants or transplant wildflowers
that can’t be identified
If you see an invasive species in the backcountry, report it to the Alaska Committee for
Noxious and Invasive Plant Management at www.cnipm.org. Thanks for doing your
part to insure that invasives don’t displace Alaska’s native plants.
One of the most common invasive plants on Tetlin Refuge is
white sweet clover, a tall bushy
plant with little white flowers
commonly seen along
Working together with
five Upper Tanana Native
communities, the refuge
is managing subsistence
resources and activities.
By including traditional
in our research we are better able to understand the
unique relationship traditional cultures have with
nature in Alaska.
This relationship has been handed down from
generation-to-generation for longer than anyone
really knows. With it has come guidance for respectful
attitudes and actions towards the natural world.
Concepts such as “only taking what is needed,”
“reciprocity,” and “our interrelatedness with all beings”
help us to understand how to manage the resources
today and for generations of Americans yet to come.
As the primary nonprofit education partner of the
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Geographic
connects people to Alaska’s magnificent wildlands
through experiential education, award-winning books and
maps, and by directly supporting the state’s parks, forests,
and refuges. Over the past 50 years, Alaska
Geographic has donated more than $20 million to
help fund educational and interpretive programs throughout Alaska’s public lands.
Alaska Geographic operates 48 bookstores across the
state, including our bookstores at the Tetlin Refuge
Visitor Center and the Refuge Headquarters. Your
purchases at these locations directly support the
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge—a portion of every
sale helps fund educational and interpretive programs
throughout the refuge.
To find out more, become a member, or browse our
wide selection of Alaska books, maps, and films, stop by
any Alaska Geographic bookstore or visit our website at
Planning Your Trip
Visit the Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center to find these
useful guides. In addition to books, visitors will also
find maps, journals, posters, field bags, and more.
The Melting Edge
By Michael Collier
Alaska lies squarely in the crosshairs of
climate change. The impact of climate
change on Alaska’s people, landscape,
and wildlife is both dramatic and real.
Scats and Tracks of Alaska
By James C. Halfpenny, Ph.D.
A field guide to the signs of wildlife
along the trails in Alaska, the Yukon, and
British Columbia. Detailed illustrations,
measurements, and a glossary of terms
are all included.
Guide to the Birds of Alaska
By Robert Armstrong
Timing Is Everything
Over the millennia, many birds have synchronized their annual return to Tetlin to coincide with the
most favorable conditions for breeding, including when food is available. The timing of reoccurring life
history events in plants and animals, such as flowering, breeding, and migration is known as phenology.
Phenology is of special interest to biologists because phenological events, like migration and flowering,
are among the most sensitive biological responses to climate change. For example, warmer spring
temperatures on Tetlin’s breeding grounds can lead to changes in the availability of food, such as
insects. Insects are very sensitive to temperature and may reach peak abundance earlier than in the
past. Some bird species may be able to adapt, but for many birds the timing of spring migration is
triggered by cues that are not linked to the climate at their breeding grounds; this could lead to a
miss-match in the synchrony of important life history events.
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is collaborating with the National Phenology Network to expand its
observations of phenology for several key species. Some of the species being observed here at Tetlin
include the American robin, dark-eyed junco, lesser yellowlegs, rusty blackbird, bumblebees, Canadian
swallowtail butterfly, four-spotted skimmer dragonfly, fireweed, blueberry, and aspen.
Over the long-term, local changes in the timing of biological and climatic events, when combined with
phenological records gathered elsewhere, will provide us with a “big picture” look at how things are
changing. This will help Tetlin Refuge adapt its management efforts to a changing environment.
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This comprehensive guide to all
480 species found in the state includes
full-color photos of birds that regularly
Wildflowers Along the
By Verna Pratt
This guide covers the territory from
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nearly 500 full-color photographs.
Also available online at
Visitor Information Centers
Tetlin Refuge Visitor Center
Alaska Highway MP 1229
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May 15 - September 15
Alaska Public Lands Information Center
Alaska Highway MP 1314, Tok
Open daily June 1-August 30
Tok Mainstreet Visitor Center
Alaska Highway MP 1314.5, Tok
Open daily May 1-September 15
State and Federal Agencies
Tetlin Refuge Headquarters
Mile 1.3 Borealis Ave, Tok
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Right at Tok Junction, 1 block on left
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer
Tok State Forestry
MP 123.5 Tok Cut-off, Tok
Headed Home with an Alaska Souvenir
Wild game meat, animal parts, and some Alaska
craft items made with wildlife parts (fur, ivory,
baleen, bone) may require an export permit if
you are driving through Canada. If you are an
international visitor, please check your country’s
regulations. Handcrafted items valued at less than
$250 generally do not need a permit unless it uses
bear, wolf, lynx, or river otter products. Marine
mammal parts are not allowed into Canada. These
pieces should be mailed or flown home.
For More Information:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Office, Anchorage, 907-271-6198
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Office, Tok, 907-883-5312
U.S. Customs, Alaska Highway, 907-774-2252
Canadian Customs, Beaver Creek,