Fodor's Expert Review Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary

Wood-Tikchik State Park Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1960 to protect one of the largest North American haul-out sites for the Pacific walrus, this sanctuary protects seven small islands and their adjacent waters in northern Bristol Bay, including Round Island, Summit Island, Crooked Island, High Island, Black Rock and The Twins. The area about 65 miles southwest of Dillingham also nourishes other birds and mammals. Catch a boat from Dillingham or the village of Togiak to Round Island to view the walruses offshore. These giant sea mammals come to the haul-out in such high numbers in the summer that you can barely see the rocks beneath the heaving red blubber. The number of walruses fluctuates from year to year, but more than 14,000 walrus have been counted on Round Island in a single day. The islands also support a large population of Steller sea lions, along with orcas, humpback, and gray whales feeding in the offshore waters. Transportation options to Round Island can be very limited. Day-trip permits can be obtained on... READ MORE

Established in 1960 to protect one of the largest North American haul-out sites for the Pacific walrus, this sanctuary protects seven small islands and their adjacent waters in northern Bristol Bay, including Round Island, Summit Island, Crooked Island, High Island, Black Rock and The Twins. The area about 65 miles southwest of Dillingham also nourishes other birds and mammals. Catch a boat from Dillingham or the village of Togiak to Round Island to view the walruses offshore. These giant sea mammals come to the haul-out in such high numbers in the summer that you can barely see the rocks beneath the heaving red blubber. The number of walruses fluctuates from year to year, but more than 14,000 walrus have been counted on Round Island in a single day. The islands also support a large population of Steller sea lions, along with orcas, humpback, and gray whales feeding in the offshore waters. Transportation options to Round Island can be very limited. Day-trip permits can be obtained on the island, but camping permits are limited and must be arranged in advance. Before planning a trip or applying for a permit, check the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for an updated list of available transportation options and tips.

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