Applications are being accepted for summer seasonal positions.
The application period is open for summer seasonal positions. Please click on the "Employment" link for more information. More »
Nabesna Area ORV Regulations Proposed by Wrangell-St. Elias
A regulation package for the management of off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the Nabesna District of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve was published in the Federal register on Jan. 15. It is available for public review and comment for 60 days. More »
HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER TO REOPEN FOR THE SUMMER
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will re-open on April 1, 2014. More »
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Seeks Candidates for Subsistence Resource Commission
Nominations for candidates to fill upcoming vacancies on the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission are being accepted through March 31, 2014. More »
Hearings Set for Hunting and Domestic Goat Restrictions
The National Park Service is holding public hearings in March on temporary restrictions for certain sport hunting practices in several national preserves in Alaska. WRST will also take comments on a proposal to prohibit domestic goats. More »
Getting to Know Yakutat
ACTIVITIES AND SEASONS
During the summer, the weather occasionally remains cloudless and delightful for days at a time. The average summer temperature is 53 F, with an average high temperature of 67 F.
The spring bird migration begins in April. Thousands of gulls, geese, and seaducks can be observed, as well as hundreds of swans and sandhill cranes. The main wave of bird migrations passes through the last week of April and the first week of May. Grey and humpback whales can also be observed migrating off the coast. Spring is a time when steelhead are found in many streams, mountain goats are close to sea level, the snow is melting, and the lush coastal greenery begins to make its comeback.
Summer is typified by meadows of wildflowers in bloom, eighteen hours of daylight, huge concentrations of Aleutian and Arctic terns along the coast, hundreds of harbor seals on icebergs, and salmonberries, blue berries and strawberries for the picking.
In the fall, hundreds of thousands of salmon spawn in the many rivers and streams, drawing hundreds of foraging gulls, eagles, ravens, magpies, and brown bears. The fall bird migration begins in September, bringing sandhill cranes, Canada geese, snow geese, whistling swans and waterfowl through the Malaspina and Yakutat Forelands. Fall is also a peak time for sport fishing and hunting.
Though Yakutat receives an average of over 200 inches of snow each winter, the average low is a rather comfortable 26 F. It is a quiet time. Waterfowl retreat from the coast to sheltered locations. Hundreds of Steller sea lions haul out at wintering sites along the coast. Wolf, moose and other animal tracks are readily visible in the snow. The daylight hours shorten to six per day, and on clear nights the aurora sweeps across the starry skies.
TRAVELING TO YAKUTAT
Alaska Airlines offers daily jet passenger and freight service to and from both Juneau and Anchorage. Flight times vary depending on the season. The local airport is 4 miles southeast of the city of Yakutat.
The Alaska State Ferry System offers a whistle-stop in Yakutat, but does not service the community year-round.
FOOD AND LODGING
FUEL AND AUTO SERVICE
FISHING, CAMPING AND BOATING
Alaska State hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are available for purchase in Yakutat. Contact the National Park Service Yakutat District Office for information concerning hunting, fishing and trapping regulations on National Park Service lands at (907) 784-3295.
Sea kayaking is an increasingly popular method of viewing the areas dynamic geology and unique wildlife. Note that sea kayaks are often difficult to transport, and plans should be made with air taxis or charter boats prior to arriving in Yakutat if you need transportation to more remote areas.
You may camp anywhere you like on National Forest and National Park Service lands for recreational purposes. Overnight camping is permitted on Cannon Beach, located 2 miles from the airport. U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service cabins are available for a fee of $25 per night. Contact the U.S. Forest Service at (907) 784-3359 or the National Park Service at (907) 784-3295 for further information.
AIR CHARTER SERVICE
STURDY HIKING BOOTS
FIRST AID KIT
Did You Know?
Each winter, the Copper River Basin is one of the coldest parts of Alaska. Temperatures may remain below freezing for up to 5 months. More...