Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is in e. central Alaska, directly s. of the Alaska Hwy. and n. of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve; the visitor center is at Milepost 1229 on Alaska Hwy. The gateway to Alaska, the refuge occupies 682,604 acres along a major bird migration corridor. At least 115 of the 186 bird species stay to nest in the vast wetlands. Black and grizzly bears, moose, wolves and caribou are year-round residents. A visitor center containing an observation deck with telescopes for viewing and an Alaska Native cultural exhibit and demonstrations, is built in a log trapper's cabin style with a sod roof. Ranger-led interpretive programs are offered in the visitor center and evening programs are presented at Deadman Campground.
Recreational activities include bird-watching, canoeing, fishing, hiking, photography and hunting. The refuge operates two seasonal, public campgrounds.
Camping is permitted.