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Yukon River Water Trail in Yukon-Charley Rivers NP

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 Seasons: All Season
 Difficulty: Easy
 Activity: Dog Sledding, Kayaking/Canoeing/Rafting
 Length: 155 River Miles

 Nearest Town:
Between Eagle and Circle

     USGS Quads:
Charley River A-1, A-2, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6, C-6; Circle C-1; 63K

 Managed by:
National Park Service
Fairbanks Headquarters
201 First Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 457-5752

Location in State

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Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
How to Get There:
Air taxis from Fairbanks to Eagle and Circle. Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is primarily a wilderness. There is no road access. Two highways serve towns near the Preserve boundaries. The 161-mile Taylor Highway begins at Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway and ends at Eagle, 12 miles from the preserve. It is usually open from mid-April to mid-October and is suitable for cars. The Steese Highway is open year round. It begins in Fairbanks and travels 162 miles to Circle, 14 miles from the preserve. In good weather it takes about five hours to drive either of these gravel roads. Check locally about road conditions before setting out.

Trail Description:
This trip can be made from June through September in almost any type of watercraft suitable for a large remote river. The 4-7 day float trip is a rich and rewarding blend of gold rush history and natural beauty. A complex geologic history is revealed in towering bluffs while the forested rigdes and flats provide habitat for subarctic wildlife species. In late winter months the trail follow the river course and historic mail trail.

Yukon River

Last updated on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.
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