• Ice crystals form on ground vegetation


    National Preserve Alaska

Operating Hours & Seasons

Noatak National Preserve is open year around. The headquarters office and visitor information center are located at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue.

Business Hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday

Visitor Center Hours:

June - September

8:30 AM - 6:30 PM Monday - Friday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM Saturday
Closed Sunday

October - May

Closed Monday

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday - Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Saturday
Closed Sunday

Arctic winter conditions - snow, ice, wind, and below-freezing temperatures - exist in the preserve from October through April. Summer temperatures average 54° F, although some days in July may get up to 80° F. Snow or freezing temperatures may occur at any time.

Did You Know?

Image of salmon cut for drying hang on a wooden rack, exposing the pink-red meat.

The Noatak River is home to 20 fish species, including 4 varieties of salmon, Sheefish, Burbot, Arctic Char, and Northern Pike. Many of these species are an important resource to subsistence users.