Simeonof National Wildlife Refuge

tall grasses blown by the wind on a beach in front of mountains

A view of Simeonof National Wildlife Refuge. USFWS image/S. Hillebrand.

Quick Facts

Location:
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Significance:
An ancestral hauling ground for sea otters.
Designation:
National Natural Landmark
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes
One of the islands in the Shumagin Island Group, Simeonof Island, within the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, is an ancestral hauling ground for sea otters. The rich kelp and eel grass beds in tideland waters surrounding the island are rich in marine life providing ideal habitat for sea otters. Upland areas on the island support Arctic fox, ground squirrels, river otters, and various species of waterfowl, shorebirds and passerines. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, and is 26,010 acres large.