Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve contains approximately 13 million acres of public land in south-central Alaska. When the park and preserve were established by the U.S. Congress in 1980, certain forms of hunting and trapping were authorized for each type of area.
The National Park Service and the State of Alaska cooperatively manage the wildlife resources of the Park and Preserve. An Alaska State hunting license is required for all hunters age 16 or older. Bag and possession limits vary by species and by area. Always check current hunting regulations.
For further information on Alaska hunting, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website, or write to: P.O. Box 47, Glennallen, Alaska 99588 (907)822-3461.
Sport hunting is ONLY allowed within the NATIONAL PRESERVE and must be conducted in accordance with Alaska State Law. Subsistence hunting by local rural residents is authorized in both the park and preserve.
Snow machines may be used when there is adequate snow cover. Motorboats, horses and dog-teams may also be used. Permits are not required.
Off-road vehicles (ORV), may be used on established routes only. Sport hunters are required to obtain ORV permits at any Ranger Station or the Park Headquarters. Subsistence hunters are encouraged to obtain ORV permits and use only established routes.
Maps showing the park and preserve boundaries are available for inspection and sale at all Ranger Contact Stations and the Park Headquarters. The boundaries are depicted on the 1:250,000 scale map series produced by the U.S. Geological Survey. These maps are available for sale at the Federal Building in Anchorage and many sporting goods stores.
Did You Know?
The Malaspina Glacier, larger than Rhode Island, was named in 1874 for Capt. Alejandro Malaspina, an Italian navigator who, in service to Spain, explored the northwest coast of North America in 1791.