Wild and Scenic Rivers

A raft on a river with mountains in the distance

NPS Photo

Rivers have been byways for wildlife and humans for centuries. They are the veins and arteries through the heart of the Gates of the Arctic wilderness. Glaciers sculpted large U-shaped valleys surrounded by serrated ridges. In other valleys the rivers have carved steep V-shaped canyons. These rivers support the frantic summer explosion of life. Travelers here have the opportunity to be a part of nature, and to experience the solitude and isolation of wilderness.

 
A person canoeing on the Alatna River below a mountain ridge

Alatna River

West Gates of the Arctic, flows south

Distant mountain reflecting off John River with clouds in sky

John River

Central Gates of the Arctic, flows south

Canoe on shore along the bluffs above the Kobuk River

Kobuk River

West Gates of the Arctic, flows west

Distant mountains rise high while the Noatak River flows past fall colors in the foreground

Noatak River

West Gates of the Arctic, flows west

Mountains rise above black spruce forest and the North Fork Koyukuk River

North Fork Koyukuk River

East Gates of the Arctic, flows south through the 'Gates of the Arctic'

Tinayguk River flowing out of the Brooks Range mountains

Tinayguk River

East Gates of the Arctic, flows south and into North Fork Koyukuk River

 

Last updated: December 29, 2017

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