In its nearly two million acres, Alaska's Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers wilderness adventure for a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you are a climber, hiker, camper, wildlife photographer, angler or hunter, you will always remember a trip to the Kenai. As a special treat for paddlers, the Kenai has a great sixty mile canoe trail!
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Are the five varieties of Pacific salmon which spawn in the innumerable rivers and streams of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge all the same, or are there unique genetic subsets for each stream? That was the question employees of the Refuge sought to answer as I joined them for several days of fishing and adventure on the vast wildlife refuge which sits at the center of Alaska's Kodiak Island.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Home to a unique species of Rainbow Trout which can survive in water temperatures in excess of 70 degrees, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located in the high desert of Central Oregon. Although National Wildlife Refuges provide vital habitat oases for migrating and resident wildlife, Malheur also offers the visitor a glimpse into the life and migration of prehistoric humans.
Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge
Set in the desert of Nevada, Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge occupies the remnants of a vast, ancient, inland lake. The refuge provides a critical oasis for migrating waterfowl in their annual trip south. In the ancient time when Stillwater was a vast lake, its plants and animals provided food and shelter for a large native community. Artifacts from that time can still be seen today.
Delta National Wildlife Refuge
Located in the Mississippi Delta at the mouth of Missippi River, Delta National Wildlife Refuge provides a wintering ground in the central flyway for vast numbers of migrating waterfowl. Although Delta is a waterfowler's dream, the refuge has challenges which include managing the oil resources which lie beneath its marshes, and replenishing the soil once provided by the flooding of the river before the coming of the levees.