History and Wildness

Located in Interior Alaska, Yukon-Charley Rivers offers exploration in a largely untouched landscape. Whether you float the mighty Yukon River or paddle the Charley River's whitewater, your memories will last a lifetime. Geology, cultural history, gold rush remnants, wildlife, and vast scenery will be a part of your experience. But, the strongest element will be solitude. Your adventure awaits.


A hunter with a caribou rack on his boat and Yukon River bluffs in background

Hunting in the Preserve

Learn more about hunting and trapping in Yukon-Charley Rivers

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A public use cabin in fall

Public Use Cabins

Public Use Cabins are located throughout the Preserve and are free to use on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Screen capture of the Coal Creek Dredge virtual tour showing the dredge in summer

Virtual Tours

Experience a 100-mile Yukon River hyperlapse & four historic mining sites through interactive 360-degree panoramic photos.

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Floaters on the Yukon River in fall

Floating the Yukon

For 130 miles, the Yukon River flows through this wild Interior landscape full of rich history and culture.

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Rafters on the Charley River

Floating the Charley

Rafters on the Charley River challenge themselves and their adventurous spirit.

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Gelvin's Airstrip showing heavy damage

Gelvin's Landing Area Safety Advisory

The National Park Service has determined that an unmaintained gravel bar commonly used for airplane landings on the Charley River is not safe.

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Sediment layers on Biederman Bluff

Geologic History

What is special about the geologic history of Yukon-Charley Rivers? 600 million years of unglaciated geologic history at your fingertips! Dig deeper.

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Salmon drying at a Yukon river homestead.


Visitors to Yukon-Charley Rivers NP are likely to see subsistence efforts in action. Learn more about this characteristic Alaskan lifestyle here.

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A Ranger splitting wood for public use cabins

What's Happening in Yukon-Charley Rivers

Read our annual reports about the projects, events, and maintenance being done each year in the Preserve.

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