Alatna River

Alatna River location map.

NPS Image.

Head waters of the Nigu, Killik and Alatna Rivers
Headwaters of the Nigu, Killik and Alatna Rivers.

NPS Photograph

Dedicated a wild and scenic river on December 2, 1980, the Alatna River drains the central Brooks Range. Wildlife, spectacular scenery and interesting geologic features abound along the river corridor. The first twenty-five miles from the headwater lakes are rocky and can be very shallow. During low water a portage of several miles from the Summit Lake may be required and lining boats may be necessary as well.


Approximate Length

83 mi / 133.5 km within the park boundary

Scenic Quality

High; varies from snow-capped mountains to spruce-hardwood forest

Recreational Opportunities

Plentiful sightseeing, nature study, hiking, photography, fishing, and floating

Geologic Features

Rugged mountains of central Brooks Range, including Arrigetch Peaks

Natural Resources

Easily observed, variety of large and small mammals, migration route for arctic caribou herd

Cultural Resources

The Alatna has a rich cultural history. This valley is traditional hunting territory for the Koyukon Athabaskans and the Nunamiut Eskimos trace their origins to the upper regions. Dozens of historic and prehistoric sites spanning 4000 years have been identified.

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P.O. Box 30
Bettles, AK 99726


(907) 692-5494
This is a summer seasonal phone that will be answered from June 1 - September 30, seven days a week. From October 1 to May 31, please contact the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Fairbanks, Alaska at (907) 459-3730.

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