The Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary is a naturally beautiful reserve that is home to an impressive variety of Interior Alaska’s wildlife. Owned by Wedgewood Resort and connecting to the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, the sanctuary offers a prime opportunity for visitors to enjoy a quiet nature walk around Wander Lake. Benches located along the trail system provide plenty of opportunities for trail users to rest and watch for wildlife.

More than 120 bird species, 15 kinds of mammals, three species of fish, one amphibian and a wealth of insects and plants have been recorded in the sanctuary. These include migratory birds as well as year-round resident chickadees, redpolls, owls, flying squirrels and moose. You can explore how plants and animals survive Alaska’s extreme climate by reading the Sanctuary Discovery signs located along the trails.


The one mile Taiga Trail loops over Isabella Slough and through a mosaic of boreal forest habitats, including towering white spruce, a small black spruce wetland and stands of paper birch, quaking aspen and stately cottonwoods. The trail also winds along the western shore of Wander Lake, where visitors can enjoy the view from our large observation deck.

View the Boreal Forest in Alaska - Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game


An abundance of wild berries can be found at the sanctuary.

Read about Berries Growing along the Sanctuary Trails.


Wander Lake is a former gravel pit that has been restored by excavating shallows, transplanting in fish and aquatic plants, removing invasive weeds, erecting nest boxes and creating islands for waterfowl. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has called Wander Lake a model wetlands restoration project. A one mile trail loops around this scenic lake, passing a beaver lodge, water meadow, a photography blind and observation decks.

Read the Field Office Report for Wander Lake Project


The sanctuary resident moose was spotted August 21st and actively wandering around the northeast edge of the reserve.