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Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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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 thousands and millions of years in the past.

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


By Taylor Highway to Eagle or Steese Highway from Fairbanks to Circle. Scheduled flights serve both towns from Fairbanks.

Approximate Size

2.5 million acres.

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