The Tamarac Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques
when visiting the Tamarac Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
Access to the wilderness in the northern part of the refuge is by foot only. This section of wilderness is part of the sanctuary area and is open September-February. Camping is prohibited. Lakes within this area are closed to watercraft and fishing.
The islands of Tamarac Lake are accessible year round by boat, canoe or kayak.
Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs is allowed.
You may encounter refuge staff as they conduct wildlife surveys and other research.