• 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 »

Human Use

A musher in the preserve.
NPS Photo by Susan Holly
 
The preserve contains evidence of some of North America's earliest human inhabitants. Many current residents of the area still practice a traditional and customary subsistence lifestyle, which is an integral element of the preserve.
 
Spell of the Yukon
The allure of the North attracts visitors who want to connect to the historic and natural resources of the area. The area's history of rugged individualism is manifest in the cabins, relic buildings, and the lifestyles of the local people.

Yukon River Travelers
Visitors are drawn by the size and scope of the Yukon River; these include summer floaters and winter mushers. They enjoy the bush lifestyle and history of human use embedded in the landscape.

Subsistence
The preserve provides habitat that supports fish, wildlife, and plants important to subsistence activities.

Sport Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing
The preserve affords opportunities for sport hunting, trapping, and fishing in a remote, uncrowded setting dominated by natural processes.

Did You Know?

Ice breakup on the Yukon River

The Yukon River freezes to an average depth of 52" in interior Alaska. Freeze-up generally occurs in mid-November and break-up is usually in mid-May.