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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Alatna River

Alatna River location map.
NPS Image.
 
Head waters of the Nigu, Killik and Alatna Rivers

Headwaters of the Nigu, Killik and Alatna Rivers.

NPS Photograph

Dedicated a wild and scenic river on December 2, 1980, the Alatna River drains the central Brooks Range. Wildlife, spectacular scenery and interesting geologic features abound along the river corridor. The first twenty-five miles from the headwater lakes are rocky and can be very shallow. During low water a portage of several miles from the Summit Lake may be required and lining boats may be necessary as well.

 










Approximate Length




83 mi / 133.5 km within the park boundary




Scenic Quality




High; varies from snow-capped mountains to spruce-hardwood forest




Recreational Opportunities




Plentiful sightseeing, nature study, hiking, photography, fishing, and floating




Geologic Features




Rugged mountains of central Brooks Range, including Arrigetch Peaks




Natural Resources




Easily observed, variety of large and small mammals, migration route for arctic caribou herd




Cultural Resources




The Alatna has a rich cultural history. This valley is traditional hunting territory for the Koyukon Athabaskans and the Nunamiut Eskimos trace their origins to the upper regions. Dozens of historic and prehistoric sites spanning 4000 years have been identified.



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