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National Wild and Scenic River Systems

Wild, free-flowing rivers born in cold mountain lakes or nurtured by runoff from remote highlands provide transportation corridors through some of Alaska's most spectacular geography. Crags and peaks, narrow canyons, rolling tundra-cloaked hills, or forested slopes present themselves in a constantly changing panorama during a float trip.

Congress established the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System to preserve in a free-flowing condition rivers of remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar value. All or part of 25 such rivers In Alaska are designated wild and scenic. The National Park Service administers 13 of these, all designated "wild." With one exception the designated sections lie within the boundaries of parks, monuments, or preserves. Because of their classifications, only minimal development will be allowed along the banks of these rivers. Included are the following rivers: Alagnak, Alatna, Aniakchak, Charley, Chilikadrotna, John, Kobuk, Mulchatna, Noatak, Koyukuk (North Fork), Salmon, Tinayguk, and Tilkakila.


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