• The Slaven's beach on the Yukon River

    Yukon - Charley Rivers

    National Preserve Alaska

Welcome to Yukon-Charley Rivers

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve contains 115 miles of the historic Yukon River and the entire 88-mile Charley River basin. Old cabins and relics recall the Yukon's importance in the gold rush era. Archeological and paleontological sites in the preserve provide knowledge of both the past thousands and millions of years.

The two rivers are quite different: the broad and swift Yukon flows with glacial silt, while the smaller Charley flows crystal clear and is considered one of Alaska's finest recreational streams. They merge between the early-day boom towns of Eagle and Circle, where cliffs and bluffs along the two rivers provide nesting habitat for peregrine falcons. Beyond the riverbanks, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and moose may be seen. Floating the Yukon - by raft, canoe, or powerboat - is a popular way to experience the grandeur of the river, rich with history. The Charley River demands more advanced skills, but rewards with a wilderness experience.
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