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Noatak National Preserve

In northwestern Alaska, near Kotzebue

 

One of North America's largest mountain-ringed river basins with an unaltered ecosystem, the Noatak is home to many Arctic plants and animals and offers superlative wilderness float-trip opportunities. The 6.6-million-acre preserve also includes the 65-mi-long Grand Canyon of the Noatak. The Noatak was proclaimed a national monument in 1978, established as a national preserve in 1980, and designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Backpacking, boating, canoeing, hiking, hunting, rafting, wildlife watching. Facilities: Information center and park headquarters in Kotzebue. No facilities in park. Programs & Events: Interpretive talks and demonstrations (Kotzebue; June-Aug.). Junior Ranger Program (June-Aug.). Tips & Hints: Prepare to be self-sufficient. Wear sturdy hiking boots and waders for wet terrain. Expect high winds throughout the year; short, mild, cool, and sunny summers with 24 hours of daylight for one month; and long, severe, harsh, extremely cold winters with one hour of daylight by Dec. 1. Guard against hypothermia, giardia lamblia, wild animals, mosquitoes, and biting flies. Don't interfere with subsistence camps, fishnets, or other equipment. Respect property and privacy. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Nov. and Dec.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

None in park. See Cape Krusenstern National Monument.

 

FEES & HOURS

Park open daily. Kotzebue information center open mid-May-Sept. 30, daily 8-6.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Kotzebue is 26 mi north of the Arctic Circle in northwest Alaska. Access to Kotzebue (headquarters and information center) is by Alaska Airlines. To reach the park, air taxis and scheduled and charter flights are available. In summer, access is by motorized and nonmotorized watercraft, aircraft, and foot. In winter, access is by snowmobiles and aircraft.

 

CONTACTS

Park Headquarters (Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752, tel. 907/442-3890). Kotzebue Public Lands Information Center (Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752, tel. 907/442-3760). Western Arctic National Parkland (Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752, tel. 800/478-7252).

 

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