Koyukuk River, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska| Map |
The Koyukuk River is not just the historic site of one of Alaska’s major gold rushes, it remains an enticing destination for latter-day travelers to Northern Alaska. Located within the Gates of the Arctic National Park, the Koyukuk draws campers, salmon fishers, birdwatchers, backpackers, kayakers and rafters. The surrounding area is full of wildlife, including grizzly bears and the largest migrating caribou herd in Alaska. As in most parts of Gates of the Arctic, access is only by plane, boat or snow vehicles, and vacationers should plan on a self-sustaining two-week camping stay as there are no facilities of any kind for miles. Remote and pristine, the Koyukuk River is a gem of the arctic and a unique destination for eco-travelers and hardy families alike.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Only skilled backcountry campers should plan on visiting; contact ranger staff in advance to get important information on logistics and conditions in the area.
Address: Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska| Map