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Tern Lake
The easily accessible Tern Lake wildlife viewing area provides visitors to the Kenai Peninsula with an excellent opportunity to view a diversity of Alaska wetland animals. Located along the Seward Highway, the site features a large vehicle pullout next to beautiful Tern Lake Surrounded by rugged ...
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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Kodiak is a rugged, beautiful island on the coast of southwestern Alaska. Established in 1941, the refuge provides habitat for brown bear, salmon and other wildlife. Kodiak's scenery is magnificient- rugged mountains, hundreds of miles of shoreline, lakes, marshes, bogs, and meadows. Four-thousand-foot mountains rise from the sea accented with fjordlike inlets. Lush vegetation blankets the mountains ranging from sedges, alders, and spruce to colorful wildflowers and berries.

Wildlife to Watch: The refuge is home to an estimated 2,300 brown bears, and at least 600 nesting pairs of bald eagles. More than 250 species of birds live upon or visit the refuge, while more than 1.5 million seabirds overwinter in nearshore waters surrounding Kodiak Island.

The refuge also provides spawning and rearing habitat for all five North American species of Pacific salmon. Salmon produced on the refuge make up approximately 65% of the total commercial harvest in the Kodiak Archipelago.

Special Tips: Be bear safe: keep a clean camp. Cook, clean and store food away from sleeping areas. Bear proof food containers and electric fences are recommended.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 1.9 million acres 
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Brown Bear (Grizzly) - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Kodiak Island is accessible by commercial airlines from Anchorage or ferry through the Alaska Marine Highway System. The refuge is accessible only by float plane or boat. Several air charters are available in the town of Kodiak that can fly you to the refuge.

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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area