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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Kobuk River

Kobuk River location map.
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Sun setting over the Kobuk River.

NPS Photograph Teri McMillan

The Kobuk River flows from its headwaters in the Endicott Mountains and Walker Lake, through a broad valley. Located on the southernmost reaches of the Brooks Range, it passes through one of the largest continuous forested areas in the Park and Preserve.

 










Approximate Length




110 mi / 177 km




Scenic Quality




Wide valleys with sweeping vistas of nearby hills and low mountains; Walker Lake; two canyons




Recreational Opportunities




Exceptional float river; a few short stretches of extremely rugged rapids (up to class V); good opportunities for sport hunting ( in Preserve only), wildlife observation and backpacking




Geologic Features




Endicott Mountains of central Brooks Range; upper and lower Kobuk canyons




Natural Resources




Variety of fish and wildlife; one of largest concentrations of sheefish; wintering grounds for Western Arctic caribou herd; one of the largest continuous spruce forest areas in the Brooks Range




Cultural Resources




Highly significant potential for archeology because of continuous occupation and links between inland Eskimo people. The Kobuk River was the site of a minor gold rush at the turn of the century.


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