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Explore the Wilds of Bristol Bay!

Bristol Bay is a world unto itself—a stunning, wild landscape of mountains, lakes, rivers and remote villages. Within the region are five national parks and wildlife refuges, designated wilderness areas, as well as a number of state parks and state wildlife protection areas. Bristol Bay is known for its abundant fish and wildlife, including salmon, bear, moose, caribou, walrus, and whales. The region is best known for its world-class fishing, hunting and bear viewing, but also offers many other attractions.

Aleut, Alutiq, Athabascan, and Yup’ik cultures are all represented in Bristol Bay. Traditional practices, languages, crafts, languages, and subsistence lifestyles continue to be a strong part of community life. The region also continues to be influenced by Russian culture, and Russian Orthodox churches are present in
many communities. Bristol Bay’s rivers and
streams support the world’s largest red
salmon run, and the commercial salmon
industry has long been a dominant influence
on the local culture and economy.

Activities & Attractions

Numerous activities and attractions lure visitors to Bristol Bay including:

  • Native Culture & History
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Hiking, Camping & Eco-Tourism
  • World-Class Sportfishing
  • Hunting
  • Arts & Crafts
  • River & Sea Adventures
  • Volcanoes
  • National Parks & Refuges, including Katmai & Lake Clark
  • State Parks & Game Sanctuaries, including Wood-Tikchik State Park

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The Bristol Bay Visitor's Council

The mission of the Bristol Bay Visitors Council is to bring together the public, non-profit, and private sectors on a regular basis to:

  • Exchange information on recent and planned tourism projects and issues;
  • Work cooperatively to promote orderly tourism development in the Bristol Bay region; and
  • Promote appropriate tourism projects, working with residents, businesses and communities in the region that are interested in tourism growth and opportunities.


Chris Beck

Sheila Bergey
Lake & Peninsula Borough
(907) 246-3421

Norman Anderson
Bristol Bay Native Association

Community Profiles

To learn about individual villages in Bristol Bay, community profiles and maps can be downloaded from the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Community Advocacy website.