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    Gates Of The Arctic

    National Park & Preserve Alaska


Filtering water in the Itkillik valley.

Filtering water in the Itkillik valley.

NPS Photo Teri McMillan

Even in this remote park some rivers and lakes contain Giardia lamblia, or other intestinal parasites.

For your safety it is recommended that you drink only boiled, filtered or chemically treated water.

To protect the water quality, bathe and wash dishes at least 100 feet from sources of drinking water and use biodegradable soaps.

Go at least 200 yards from the water to use the restroom.

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.