• The Slaven's beach on the Yukon River

    Yukon - Charley Rivers

    National Preserve Alaska

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  • Lost Creek Wolf Pack Eliminated

    NPS wildlife biologists lost the ability to research radio-collared wolves from the Lost Creek pack, which has historically used Yukon-Charley Rivers. The Alaska Dept of Fish and Game eliminated all 11 members of the pack outside of the preserve last week More »


Big Bob Tepley's New Moon Saloon cabin ruin on the Kandik river in 2006
Cabin ruins are a fairly common site, attesting to the connections through time people have had to these places.
NPS/ Christopher Houlette
The Yukon River provides a powerful sense of place for visitors to the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. For thousands of years, the Yukon has served as a summer and winter highway for travelers and residents, and has often been the only connection between isolated communities and camps on its banks and the outside world. Side-streams, such as Woodchopper, Coal, and Fourth of July Creeks, emptying into the Yukon from headwaters in the upland areas of the preserve, provide a different sense of place. The remains of old mining camps and operations scattered along the banks of these placer creeks are features of an historic mining landscape characteristic of some of the more remote areas of the preserve. A few features on this landscape, such as the Coal Creek dredge, are large and impressive, while others are almost invisible within their dense cloak of vegetation. Traditional cultural places, such as a former Han Athapascan occupation site (Charley's Village), are another source of connection between the land and its inhabitants within the boundaries of the preserve.

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Camping in Yukon-Charley

It is wise to minimize impacts and you will be less likely to be surprised by wildlife if you camp on gravel bars or islands.