Tetlin is a showcase of geologic and ecological features found throughout Interior Alaska. Here in a broad valley the Chisana and Nabesna rivers join near the center of the refuge to form the Tanana. Nearly everywhere the work of wildfires, permafrost, and fluctuating river channels have created a diversity of habitats. For example, the extensive stands of birch, aspen, and willow are testimony to the positive effects of wildfire. In these woodlands, moose, black bear, grizzly bear, ptarmigan, grouse, wolf, coyote, and red fox find food and shelter. Thousands of refuge lakes and ponds are interspersed with rolling hills, boreal forests, and snowcapped mountains.
The Tetlin Refuge supports a high density of nesting waterfowl on its extensive wetlands. The shallow marshes of the refuge thaw early, providing a needed rest stop for birds migrating to their nesting grounds throughout the state. The refuge provides habitat for 114 nesting species of birds and 68 migrant species. Sandhill cranes move through the refuge each fall and spring in a spectacular event. Other notable birds include arctic and common loon, osprey, bald eagle, trumpeter swan, and three species of ptarmigan.
Hunting, trapping, fishing, and photography are common activities. Moose and waterfowl hunting are especially popular. Common fish species include: northern pike, grayling, and burbot (fresh water ling-cod). Tetlin is one of two road-accessible refuges in Alaska. The Alaska Highway borders the refuge for nearly 70 miles. Interpretive information is available along the Alaska Highway and at the Interagency Visitor Center in Tok.
For information contact:
Refuge Manager - (907)883-5312
Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 779
Tok, AK 99780