Basic Information

West end of 1st Avenue
Eagle, AK 99738

Although there is no direct highway connection to Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, visitors are able to access the preserve by either air travel from Fairbanks, or water or air travel from two small towns on the road system(Eagle and Circle), near the preserve boundaries.

Open 24-hours

The preserve is open 24-hours a day

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

The area that Yukon-Charley Rivers encompasses is generally classified as sub-arctic, with exceptionally cold winters, relatively warm summers, low annual precipitation, and generally high winds.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fee - $0.00

There is no entrance fee for Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Eagle Visitor Center

Located along the mighty Yukon River in Eagle, Alaska, this quaint visitor center is the welcome center for those ready to explore Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Speak with a ranger, receive a backcountry orientation, and finalize the details of your trip in the preserve.

Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center

Explore world-class exhibits, watch a free informative movie, and receive assistance on your trip planning needs while at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, located inside of the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

 
 

You're on your own. This is the number one message preserve visitors must know and apply to their visit to Yukon-Charley Rivers. There is no cell phone service and there are no amenities or services in the preserve. When you depart Fairbanks, Tok, Eagle, or Circle, you may not see another person until your return to civilization or your pilot comes to pick you up. Visitors must be self-reliant and able to execute self-extraction and communication, should an emergency situation arise.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve contains 115 miles of the historic Yukon River and the entire 88-mile Charley River basin. Old cabins and relics recall the Yukon's importance in the gold rush era. Archeological and paleontological sites in the preserve provide knowledge of both the past thousands and millions of years.

The two rivers are quite different: the broad and swift Yukon flows with glacial silt, while the smaller Charley flows crystal clear and is considered one of Alaska's finest recreational streams. They merge between the early-day boom towns of Eagle and Circle, where cliffs and bluffs along the two rivers provide nesting habitat for peregrine falcons. Beyond the riverbanks, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, and moose may be seen. Floating the Yukon - by raft, canoe, or powerboat - is a popular way to experience the grandeur of the river, rich with history. The Charley River demands more advanced skills, but rewards with a wilderness experience.

Planning

Read our Backcountry Trip Planning Guide in preparation for your trip and download a free outdoor gear checklist (1.57mb PDF). As the majority of our visitors travel by river, whether it be floating the whitewater of the Charley in an inflatable raft or canoeing or motorboating on the Yukon, we have developed a River Trip Planning Guide for Alaska, to help you be better prepared for your adventure. If your trip involves hiking or crossing waterways, from small creeks to major rivers, read our Backcountry River Crossing (620kb) PDF to learn safe techniques to get you to the other side and back again.

Leave a detailed trip plan with friends & family and describe to them what you are doing, where you are going, and what to do if you do not return by a certain date. Make sure they understand the inherent unpredictability of remote Alaskan transportation in regards to weather.

Download a free detailed backcountry trip plan (59kb PDF) and leave one at home, bring one with you, and leave another with your pilot, if you are flying.

Access

If you are relying on air travel for your visit, be aware that air taxis are often times unable to fly in inclement weather. Bring a few extra days of food and allow for 'weather days' in your trip plan to accommodate poor weather. Learn more about transportation to public lands (300kb PDF) in Alaska and chartering aircraft (450kb PDF).

Many visitors to Yukon-Charley Rivers arrive & travel by motorboat during the fall hunting season. Read our Hunting Resources (830kb PDF) and Boating Safety PDFs to learn more about planning a successful and enjoyable trip to the preserve.

Communication

Unlike many other satellite communication tools which operate on satellites that do not provide reliable service as far north as Yukon-Charley Rivers, satellite phones are an excellent method of two-way communication in Alaska's backcountry, as they function on satellites that orbit the earth north to south and vice versa, providing excellent coverage in Alaska's wilderness areas. Consider renting a satellite phone in Fairbanks before your trip to the preserve.

Land Ethics

Follow the wilderness ethic of others and leave this wild land as you found it, or better, for future generations. Learn how to do this by reading about Leave No Trace in Alaska's Backcountry (570kb PDF). Visitors in the park must practice minimum impact camping techniques by adhering to Leave No Trace principles, follow backcountry safety guidelines, and be aware of the fragile ecosystems and private lands (460kb PDF) within the preserve.

Bear Safety

Watch a short video on staying safe in bear country to learn safe and responsible practices for recreating on Alaska's wild lands. Learn more about bear safety through the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers' bear safety page.

Bear-resistant food containers (BRFCs) are not required but strongly encouraged for your overnight visit to Yukon-Charley Rivers. BRFCs are provided free of charge at the Eagle Visitor Center. No reservations can be taken as they are provided first come, first serve. Yukon-Charley Rivers provides both steel drum BRFCs with locking lids and smaller backpacker BRFCs.

While backpacker BRFCs are available in Eagle, if you are hiking, packrafting, or kayaking in Yukon-Charley Rivers, you may also visit the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Fairbanks to obtain a free rental backpacker BRFC. Be aware these backpacker barrels are loaned for hiking, packrafting, and kayaking only, where the large steel BRFCs are impossible to use. Canoeists are required to use the steel BRFCs, provided free of charge in Eagle.

For those not using the recommended BRFCs, we strongly encourage caching all food and scented items a minimum of 100 feet from camp and suspending at least 10 feet above ground. However, due to the nature of the trees in this area of Alaska, this is often exceptionally challenging or not possible, as the area is dominated by short spruce trees with limbs not strong enough to support weight. A few areas around waterways provide taller and stronger poplar trees where this may be possible.

Please dispose of inedible game parts, fish and food scraps that could attract bears at least 300 yards from camp and below high water level. Do not leave food or scraps, as this may attract bears and present a hazard for the next traveler.

For more links on safety and planning your trip to Yukon-Charley Rivers, visit the Fairbanks Alaska Centers website.

Last updated: October 20, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 167
Eagle, AK 99738

Phone:

(907) 547-2233

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