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Hazy Islands Wilderness

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Rising out the dark blue waters, the Big Hazy Island stands silently, dusted with snow and ice.
Library image #2009: Big Hazy Islet


The United States Congress designated the Hazy Islands Wilderness (map) in 1970 and it now has a total of 32 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Alaska and is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.


The Hazy Islands Wilderness, a subunit into the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf of Alaska Unit, is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Far offshore, beaten by wind and wave, Big Hazy Island and her four smaller sisters stick out of the frigid sea, providing predator-free nesting areas for large populations of common murres, pigeon guillemots, glaucous-winged gulls, horned puffins, and tufted puffins. Brandt's cormorants nest here, one of only two islands they inhabit in Alaska.

Remote, without anchorages or campsites, beaten by frequent storms under high winds, the rocks called Hazy Islands are seldom seen and human visitation is discouraged to protect the birds and the humans. Hazy Islands Wilderness receives 73.5 inches of precipitation each year. Summer temperatures average in the low 50s and 60s (Fahrenheit) and in the low 20s and 30s in winter. This is Alaska's smallest Wilderness area.

Planning to Visit the Hazy Islands Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Hazy Islands Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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