The John River flows south from Anaktuvuk Pass through Alaska's Brooks Range to the Koyukuk River just below Bettles Field/Evansville. The river runs through beautiful areas and a variety of ecosystems.
52 mi / 84 km
Outstanding; the John flows through a variety of ecosytems and vegetation types. The river winds through exposed rock, cliffs, and outcroppings.
The upper portions of the river provide a class 2 to class 3+ float when water is high enough. The lower reaches make an excellent family float. There is excellent hiking and backpacking in upper river area though intially the river runs through Nunamiut Corporation land.
The river flows through wide glacial valleys dissecting central Brooks Range. It is lined with interesting bluffs in the lower reaches.
Variety of large and small mammals; important migration route for arctic caribou herd; unique habitat for William's milk vetch.
The numerous cultural sites in the John River drainage reflect a long and continuous history of use by residents of Anaktuvuk Pass.