Park Access

Snowmachining near McCarthy
 

PRIVATE PROPERTY

Please be aware of and respect Private Property
Approximately 1 million of the 13 million acres of land within the boundaries of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve are non-federal lands belonging to Native Corporations, other private owners, and the State of Alaska. Significant amounts of these non-federal lands are located along the McCarthy Road, Nabesna Road and along the east bank of the Copper River. Federal subsistence harvest regulations do NOT apply on state and private lands, which fall under the jurisdiction of State regulations. Subsistence users are responsible for being aware of and respecting the ownership status of lands where they are engaged in subsistence activities. Crossing private lands, other than legally reserved public access easements, without the permission of the landowner, as well as camping or hunting on such lands without permission is trespassing.

Contact the park or the landowner for further information about land status within the Park and Preserve boundaries. Land Status Map (pdf 11 MB)

For information about Native Corporation lands, contact the Lands Department at Ahtna, Inc. at (907) 822-3476 and the Chitina Native Corporation at (907) 823-2223.

Access to Inholdings Environmental Assessment (FONSI) Finding of No Significant Impact statement, February 2008. (pdf 1.2 MB)


OFF ROAD VEHICLES (ATV/ORV)

Recreation:
Permit required; Not allowed in wilderness; Must stay on established trails; [43 CFR 36.11(g)].

Please go to the ORV Trails webpage to see which trails are established recreational ORV trails. There are no established trails in the Yakutat District.

Subsistence:
Permit recommended; Allowed in park and preserve regardless of wilderness designation; Recommend staying on established trails and dry creek beds; [36 CFR 13.46].

SNOWMACHINES

Recreation:
No permit required; may operate anywhere in park and preserve when there is adequate snow cover (~12") and frozen ground.

Subsistence:
No permit required; may operate anywhere in park and preserve when there is adequate snow cover (~12") and frozen ground.

AIRPLANES

Recreation:
No permit required; May land anywhere in the park and preserve regardless of wilderness designation; [43 CFR 36.11(f)].

Subsistence:
Not permitted in park lands; Airplane access for subsistence hunting in the preserve lands is allowed without permit; wilderness designation is irrelevant; [36 CFR 13.45].

Aircraft access to the Malaspina Forelands for subsistence uses is allowed for residents of Yakutat; A permit is required.

HELICOPTERS

For All Uses:
Permit is required; Uses typically authorized include; bona-fide research where helicopter is essential and/or the removal of downed aircraft; For Search and Rescue and other emergencies, permits are not required; [43 CFR 36.11(f)(4)].

MOTORBOATS

Recreation:
No permit required; Allowed in both park and preserve, regardless of wilderness designation; [43 CFR 36.11(d).

Subsistence:
No permit required; Allowed in both park and preserve, regardless of wilderness designation; [36 CFR 13.46].

Airboats are considered motorboats; Hovercraft are not permitted.

DRONES (UNMANNED AIRCRAFT)

For All Users:
Unmanned aircraft (including personal drones) are prohibited in all national parks, including Wrangell-St. Elias. (Director's Policy Memorandum 14-05)

"Unmanned aircraft" means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.


Last updated: September 11, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center, AK 99573

Phone:

(907) 822-5234

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