Noatak National Preserve
The Noatak basin is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve, and as one of North America's largest mountain-ringed river basins with an intact ecosystem. It features some of the Artic's finest arrays of plants and animals. The river is classified as a national wild and scenic river, and offers exciting wilderness float-trip opportunities - from deep in the Brooks Range to the tidewater of the Chukchi Sea.
Seasonality / Weather
Expect high winds throughout the year and short, mild, cool summers. Experience 24 hours of daylight for one month and a long, severe, harsh, extremely cold winter with about one hour of daylight by December 1. The area receives 10-12" precipitation annually. For back country hiking/camping, wear plenty of warm clothing, dress in layers, and use rain gear. Wear sturdy hiking boots and waders for wet terrain.