The Port of Dillingham is an increasingly important gateway for eco-tourism. Offering great fishing, Wood-Tickchik State Park is the biggest state park in the United States. The Port of Dillingham is also the headquarters for the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge where visitors can see seals, walruses, migratory birds, fish, and a variety of terrestrial mammals, including one of the world's biggest wild herring fisheries.
The Port of Dillingham enjoys a maritime climate with humid, cool, and windy weather year-round. Summer brings much fog. Temperatures range from an average low of 1.1°C (28°F) in February to an average high of 16°C (61°F) in July. Annual average precipitation is 20 inches, and the Port of Dillingham gets about 45 inches of snowfall each year.
Visitors to the Port of Dillingham will find a range of outdoor and nature-based recreational opportunities in the Bristol Bay region. These include fishing and hunting, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, kayaking and canoeing, camping, beach combing, hiking, berry-picking, and photography. There are also aerial sight-seeing tours available.
The Port of Dillingham has several bed and breakfasts and lodges available for visitors who want to take advantage of fishing charters and tours. Hunting outfitters provide necessities for those sportsmen as well.
Wood-Tikchik State Park, the nation's largest, covers 1.6 million acres of lakes, alpine valleys, mountain peaks, and abundant wildlife in a wilderness atmosphere where low-impact camping is the norm. While the whole park is open for camping, permits are required at several spots. Permits are also required for floating. At some locations, camping cannot exceed 10 days. There are five privately-owned lodges for sports fishing within the park boundaries. Each of these lodges requires reservations.
The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge is part of the national system administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Covering an area of 4.1 million acres, it is the US's fourth largest wildlife refuge. The refuge offers a wide range of landscapes and ecological systems. Shaped by earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers, the refuge protects almost 50 species of mammals (including 31 terrestrial and 17 marine mammals) that include caribou, wolves, bears, moose, wolverines, red foxes, and many more. Marine mammals include whales, seals, walruses, and sealions that populate the 600 miles (965 kilometers) of shoreline during the year. Some of the over 200 species of birds found there include threatened species like Stellers eiders. An abundance of seabirds, shorebirds, songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors, including peregrine falcons, present an amazing experience to nature lovers. Leave-no-trace camping is allowed in the refuge with three-day limits on campsites at rivers, and campers are reminded to practice bear safety and etiquette. Campers should be aware of and avoid trespass on Native lands. For non-subsistence fishers and hunters, licenses are required and can be obtained in the Port of Dillingham and the Port of Bethel as well as online through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Strict regulations apply. For complete information on acceptable activities within the refuge, visit the website.