• The Slaven's beach on the Yukon River

    Yukon - Charley Rivers

    National Preserve Alaska

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  • Caribou Hunting Emergency Order

    Alaska Emergency Order 03-03-14 closes the southern portion of Unit 25B to state subsistence and state general hunts for caribou. This emergency order does not apply to federally qualified subsistence users within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. 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.

Did You Know?

Charley River

The Charley River has a gradient of 31 feet per mile and is considered by many to be one of the premier whitewater experiences in interior Alaska.