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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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Setting Up Camp

Tent on gravel bar.

Gravel bar campsite

NPS photo

Select a durable surface for your campsite. Gravel bars work well, but be sure to camp above water level in case the river rises. When camping on the tundra, select a site that is not too dry and that will not be heavily impacted. Bring what you need. Do not trench for tents or cut branches for beds. Use lighter soled camp shoes to lessen your impact.

When you set up your campsite, keep in mind that you are in bear country. Locate your cooking/eating area 100 yards away from the sleeping area. Stash all your food, trash, petroleum and other odorous items (toothpaste, lotions, etc.) in a separate area.

Before you leave, make every effort to return your campsite to a natural appearance.

Did You Know?

Chapman Fire, 2005

In 1969, five wildland fires burned 129,820 acres in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. That was the largest acreage to burn in the park in a given year. Interestingly, 14 wildland fires, the most fires to occur in the park, burned a mere 500 acres in 1977.