• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center to close for the winter on Nov. 1st.

    Wrangell-St. Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be closed for the winter starting November 1. The visitor center will re-open on April 1, 2015.

Park Access

Snowmachining near McCarthy
 

OFF ROAD VEHICLES (ATV/ORV)

Nabesna Road ORV Trail Closures

Recreation:

Permit required; Not allowed in wilderness; Must stay on established trails; [43 CFR 36.11(g)].

The established trails are: Kotsina Road, Lost Creek, Nugget Creek, Soda Lake, and Trail Creek.

No established trails in Yakutat District.

Subsistence:
Permit recommended; Allowed in park and preserve regardless of wilderness designation; Recommend staying on established trails and dry creek beds; [36 CFR 13.46].

SNOWMACHINES

Recreation:
No Permit Required; may operate anywhere in park and preserve when there is adequate snow cover (~12") and frozen ground.

Subsistence:
No Permit Required; may operate anywhere in park and preserve when there is adequate snow cover (~12") and frozen ground.

AIRPLANES

Recreation:
No permit required; May land anywhere in the park and preserve regardless of wilderness designation; [43 CFR 36.11(f)].

Subsistence:

Not permitted in park lands; Airplane access for subsistence hunting in the preserve lands is allowed without permit; wilderness designation is irrelevant; [36 CFR 13.45].

Aircraft access to the Malaspina Forelands for subsistence uses is allowed for residents of Yakutat; A permit is required.

HELICOPTERS

For All Uses:
Permit is required; Uses typically authorized include; bona-fide research where helicopter is essential and/or the removal of downed aircraft; For Search and Rescue and other emergencies, permits are not required; [43 CFR 36.11(f)(4)].

MOTORBOATS

Recreation:
No permit required; Allowed in both park and preserve, regardless of wilderness designation; [43 CFR 36.11(d).

Subsistence:

No permit required; Allowed in both park and preserve, regardless of wilderness designation; [36 CFR 13.46].

Airboats are considered motorboats; Hovercraft are not permitted.

Did You Know?

Quaking Aspen

The bark of the Quaking Aspen tree (Populus tremuloides), containing such salicylate chemicals as salicine and populin, has been used medicinally to treat a myriad of symptoms and conditions, such as pain, fever, arthritis, inflammation, and rheumatism.