Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Izembek Lagoon and Grant Point
Credit: Lisa Hupp/USFWS
The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is the smallest of the National Wildlife Refuges located in the U.S. state of Alaska. It lies on the northwest coastal side of central Aleutians East Borough. Almost all of the refuge was designated as wilderness in 1980 under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The 310,000 acre refuge supports migration spectacles, from waterfowl to all five species of Pacific salmon. Coastal brown bear, caribou, moose, and furbearers like fox and wolves find a home in the refuge year-round.