Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve


Located along the Canadian border in central Alaska, the Yukon-Charley Rivers National preserve protects 115-miles of the 1,800-mile Yukon River and the entire Charley River basin. Numerous rustic cabins and historic sites are reminders of the importance of the Yukon River during the 1898 gold rush. Paleontological and archeological sites here have added much knowledge of the environment that existed thousands of years ago. Peregrine falcons nest in the high bluffs overlooking the river, while the rolling hills that make up the preserve are home to an abundant array of wildlife. Whether you choose to leisurely float the water of the mighty Yukon River in a state of the art vessel or homemade raft, or experience the premier whitewater of the Charley River in a sturdy and suitable inflatable, you will make memories to last a lifetime. With ample wildlife viewing, outdoor recreation opportunities, camping and fishing, this Preserve is definitely worth the trip.


Seasonality / Weather

The Preserve is open year round.



Although there is no direct highway connection to Yukon-Charley Rivers, two highways serve towns near the preserve boundaries. Driving to Eagle, Alaska along the 161 mile Taylor Highway begins at Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway and ends on the banks of the Yukon river, 12 miles upstream from the preserve. It is usually open from mid-April to mid-October and is suitable for cars, trucks and small RV's. The Steese Highway begins in Fairbanks and travels 162 miles to Circle, 14 miles downstream of the preserve boundary. It is open year round, depending upon snow and drifting conditions in winter months. Check locally about road conditions before beginning your journey and always remember to bring sufficient emergency supplies with you. It is recommended that you carry water, food, warm clothing and two spare tires, just in case. Road condition reports are available and updated regularly.


Visitors can charter an air taxi from Fairbanks or Tok, AK and challenge their abilities on the rapids of the wild Charley River.