Portions of Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary have restricted access requiring an Access Permit issued by ADF&G for entry. The Access Permit program administered by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game manages visitor access and activities on Round Island to prevent disturbance to the pacific walrus haulout on Round Island, as well as other marine mammals and marine seabirds. The goal of the access permit program is to provide the public with an opportunity to view and photograph pacific walrus and other wildlife, while minimizing impacts to these species and their habitats
These pages provide detailed information about visiting the sanctuary. You may also want to download the Round Island Visitor Information pamphlet (PDF 479 kB) which provides basic information about visiting Round Island in the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary.
To protect sanctuary wildlife and other resources, access to Round Island and the waters within three nautical miles of the island has been restricted since 1989. Visitors and transporters must possess authorization from ADF&G in the form of an Access Permit for the day(s) they plan to visit Round Island (Alaska State Regulation - 5AAC 92.066).
|A - 1- 5 May||H - 5-10 June||O - 10-15 July|
|B - 5 - 10 May||I - 10 - 15 June||P - 15 - 20 July|
|C - 10 - 15 May||J - 15 - 20 June||Q - 20 - 25 July|
|D - 15 - 20 May||K - 20 - 25 June||R - 25 - 31 July|
|E - 20 - 25 May||L - 25 - 30 June||S - 31 July - 5 August|
|F - 25 - 31 May||M - 30 June - 5 July||T - 5 - 10 August|
|G - 31 May - 5 June||N - 5 - 10 July||U - 10-15 August|
Further information on Round Island Access Permits is available on the Permits page or you may apply online or with a mail-in application through the the Licensing & Permits Round Island web page. You may also contact Round Island support staff at the address, telephone or e-mail listed on the "Walrus Islands SGS Contacts" page if you have any questions or need additional information.
Access to other portions of the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary does not require an Access Permit and is open to most public uses provided the activity does not damage refuge resources, disturb wildlife or disrupt existing public uses. Allowed activities generally include fishing, wildlife watching, hiking and camping. Other activities may require prior approval from ADF&G through issuance of a Special Areas Permit.
For current land status information, see the Walrus Islands Land Status Map (PDF 536 kB). You may also download the KML file which depicts the refuge area boundary.