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Watchable Wildlife Sites

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For many visitors, Alaska's mystique is its wildlife. Travelers arrive expecting to see moose, caribou, bears, or wolves from the road, but often go home disappointed. This is no surprise when you realize that these animals are spread over an area the size of Texas, Montana, and California combined! 

But don't give up. If you're traveling by road, you can actually increase your chances of seeing wild animals. Look for them from some of the better wildlife viewing stops along Alaska's road system. Use the map and table below to find proven viewing areas - and follow the tips listed here.

Stay Back - Most wild animals react with alarm when humans approach. Repeated disturbances may even cause animals to avoid popular viewing areas. Let animals approach you. Learn their behavior so you recognize signs that mean you're getting too close. Never use food to attract animals.

 

Time Your Visit - Watch for animals at dawn and dusk when they are most active.

 

Take Your Time - The more time you spend at these viewing sites, the more likely you are to see wildlife. Plan to stay awhile.

 

Blend In - Wear nature's colors, move slowly, and sit quietly. Avoid using scented soaps or perfumes.

 

Restrain Your Pet - While your dog may be a great travel companion, your pet can scare away wildlife and may even attract undesirable animals. It's best to leave all pets at home.

Wildlife Viewing Stops along Alaska's Highways

Species to look for

Map locator

Location

Highway/Milepost

Road Open

Dall sheep

1

Slope Mountain

Dalton Highway/302

June-Sept

Dall sheep, grizzly bear, caribou 

2

Atigun Pass

Dalton Highway/244

June-Sept

Waterfowl and shore birds 

3

Dietrich LakeDalton Highway/244June-Sept
Moose and waterfowl

4

Chapman LakeDalton Highway/161June-Sept
Moose and waterfowl

5

Grayling LakeDalton Highway/150June-Sept
Arctic grayling and salmon

6

Jim RiverDalton Highway/140June-Sept
Bald eagles, Trumpeter swans, beaver, moose, caribou, grizzly bear

7

Fiftymile LakeDenali Highway/50May-Oct
Arctic grayling, Trumpeter swans, ducks, geese, moose, caribou, grizzly bear

8

Tangle Lakes/Tangle RiverDenali Highway/21.5May-Oct
Bald eagles, Trumpeter swans, moose, Red Salmon

9

Mud LakeDenali Highway/.5May-Oct
Moose, grouse, raptors, grizzly and black bears, coyote, lynx

10

Campbell TractElmore Road (Anchorage)All year


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For a free handbook on Alaska Digital Wildlife Photography, visit this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service link.