Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge includes snowcapped mountains and glacier-fed rivers, forests and treeless tundra, and an abundance of wetlands. Wildlife viewing, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, boating, and hunting are all activities that can be enjoyed on the Refuge, a center dedicated to conserving and managing the habitats of the area's amazing wildlife. (Refuge headquarters located at the intersection of Midnight Sun and Borealis Avenue)
Tok is the "Sled Dog Capitol of Alaska." Sled dog breeding and training are major activities in the community, and the March Race of Champions is one of the three major sprint races in Alaska.
Tok has many campsites which offer ample opportunities to spot wildlife, hike on nature trails, and go swimming and boating. Float planes and river boats are available for chartered sightseeing tours.
US Fish and Wildlife Park Rangers in Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge offers nature tours on bird watching, plantlife and natural history. Contact the Refuge headquarters for more details.
Bird watching is an excellent way to spend your time in Tok. Because it is located in the Upper Tanana River valley, which is known as a major migratory passage for birds traveling to and from Central and South America, bird watchers in Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge can spot the estimated 143 species that breed or pass through the refuge.
There have been Athabascan settlements in the region of what is now Tok (which is pronounced with a long "o", like "toke") for many centuries. However, the town at the present location of Tok, Alaska began in 1942 as an Alaska Road Commission camp used for construction and maintenance of the Alaskan Highway. So much money was spent in the camp's construction and maintenance that it earned the name "Million Dollar Camp." In 1947 the first school was opened, and in 1958 a larger school was built to accommodate the many newcomers. The U. S. Customs Office was located in Tok between 1947 and 1971, when it was moved to the border with Canada.
The US Fish and Wildlife Services website for Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge with visitor information.