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Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
In east-central Alaska, near Eagle
On the Canadian border in central Alaska, the 2.5-million-acre preserve protects 115 mi of the 1,800-mi Yukon River and the entire Charley River basin. Numerous rustic cabins and historic sites are reminders of the importance of the Yukon River during the 1898 gold rush. Peregrine falcons nest in bluffs overlooking the river, and the preserve's rolling hills are home to an array of wildlife. The Charley, an 88-mi wild river, is considered to be the most spectacular river in Alaska. The site was proclaimed a national monument in 1978 and established as a national preserve in 1980.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bird- and wildlife watching, exploring historic trapping, mining, and woodcutter sites, fishing, hunting, river running. Facilities: Eagle Visitor Center. Book and map sale area. Programs & Events: Video presentations. Yukon Quest dogsled race (Feb.). Tips & Hints: Be prepared to be self-sufficient. Winter temperatures are as low as -60°F, and summer highs can reach 90°F. Busiest in June and Aug., least crowded Nov. and Dec.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: 7 cabins along the Yukon River corridor at Nation Bluff, Glenn Creek, Washington Creek, Kandik River mouth, and historic Slaven s Roadhouse at the mouth of Coal Creek. Backcountry camping allowed. In Eagle City: Eagle Trading Co. RV Par (36 Front St., tel. 907/547-2220; 4 RV sites; $20; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). Hotels: None in park. In Eagle City: Falcon Inn Bed & Breakfast (220 Front St., tel. 907/547-2254; 5 rooms; $60-$75). X Restaurants: None in park. In Eagle City: Eagle Trading Co. Cafe (36 Front St., tel. 907/547-2220; $7-$12). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Eagle City: Eagle Trading Co. (36 Front St., tel. 907/547-2220).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Alaska state hunting and fishing license required. No artifact collecting. Preserve open daily. Eagle field office open year-round. Visitor center open mid-May-mid-Sept., daily 8-4:30; mid-Sept.-mid-May, weekdays 8-4:30.
HOW TO GET THERE
The preserve is in east interior Alaska, 150 mi east of Fairbanks. Air taxis serve Eagle, located upriver, and Circle, downriver of the preserve. Eagle is at the end of Taylor Hwy., and Circle is on Steese Hwy. The preserve is reached by either river or air travel along the Yukon or by flying in to upper Charley River.
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Headquarters (Box 74718, Fairbanks, AK 99707, tel. 907/547-2233). Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Field Office (Box 167, Eagle, AK 99738-0167, tel. 907/547-2233).
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