Float the Noatak

A canoe on a gravel bar on the Noatak River with fall colored mountains in the backdrop.
A canoe lies anchored on a shallow gravel bar on the Noatak River with fall-colored mountains in the background.

Photo Credit: Public Domain NPS/J Schock

Rivers + Ranges = Recreation

The Noatak River winds through the Brooks Range providing recreational opportunities in pristine wilderness. The remoteness of this arctic landscape allows for such experiences to still exist.
A visitor on the top of a mountain looking out towards the Noatak River
A visitor on the top of a mountain peak looks out toward the Noatak River and the surrounding autumn colors.

Photo Credit: Public Domain NPS/M Mizushima

Ranger Recommendation

The Noatak River can be a lengthy trip depending on what segments visitors would like to tackle. Be properly prepared for weather from snow and freezing temperatures to hot summer sun throughout spring, summer, and fall. Bugs abound along the river because of its clear clean water so make sure to bring proper repellant or netting. Wildlife is wild in this wilderness so bring bear spray and bear resistant containers to prevent widllife of all kinds from associating people with interesting smells and fun camping gear to play with. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the river with damaged gear. Let someone know your itinerary and bring a communication device with you in case of emergencies.
Can differ depending on goals of segments of the river.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
There are no trails or facilities in Noatak National Preserve.

Last updated: October 20, 2017