History and Wildness

Located in Interior Alaska, Yukon-Charley Rivers offers exploration in a largely untouched landscape. Whether you float the mighty Yukon River or paddle the Charley River's whitewater, your memories will last a lifetime. Geology, cultural history, gold rush remnants, wildlife, and vast scenery will be a part of your experience. But, the strongest element will be solitude. Your adventure awaits.

Visit our keyboard shortcuts docs for details
15 minutes, 52 seconds

"Freedom... it's very difficult to explain the feeling when you are here. You have to come and see and live here to know of the real feeling of when you are here." -Eric Petitalot, upriver kayaker

A journey on these rivers passes through an ancient landscape. Here, the shallow crystal clear waters of the Charley meet the mighty silt laden Yukon. Stunning cliffs and rock formations rise above the river basins, home to the Han Athabascan people. Aspiring miners came here in the 1898 Gold Rush, leaving behind ghost towns and dreams. Peregrine falcons nest in the high bluffs overlooking the rivers. Visitors float the rivers for the solitude and for glimpses of historic sites left after the gold rush era.

View the Audio-Described Version of the Video

Kayakers on the Yukon River in fall

Experience the Yukon River

Trip planning information for floating the Yukon River

Rafters on the Charley River

Floating the Charley River

Trip planning information for floating the Charley River

Yukon River view at a public use cabin

Public Use Cabins

Stay in the free public use cabins along the Yukon River

Clouds above the Yukon River and bluffs

Virtual Tours

Interactive ways of experiencing the preserve from the palm of your hand or comfort of your home

Aerial view of the Yukon River in fall

What is Yukon-Charley Rivers?

A land with rich history that is wilder today than it was 100 years ago. Find out what Yukon-Charley Rivers is all about.

Coal Creek Dredge with fall colors


Why this land is preserved and protected.

Last updated: November 28, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

101 Dunkel St
Suite 110

Fairbanks, AK 99701



Contact Us