Located along the Canadian border in central Alaska, the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve protects 115 miles of the 1,800-mile 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. Paleontological and archeological sites here add much to our knowledge of the environment thousands of years ago. Peregrine falcons nest in the high bluffs overlooking the river, while the rolling hills that make up the preserve are home to an abundant array of wildlife. The Charley, a 100-mile long wild river, is considered by many to be the most spectacular river in Alaska.
The Visitor Center at the Eagle Field Office offers exhibits depicting the area, history, and ecology of Yukon-Charley Rivers. There are currently four public use cabins located within the preserve available on a first come, first served basis. The cabins are along the Yukon River corridor; located at Kandik River mouth, Nation Bluff, Glenn Creek, and historic Slaven's Roadhouse at the mouth of Coal Creek. Rafting, kayaking and canoeing are popular on both rivers. Many people start in Eagle and ride the Yukon to Circle, either arranging to be picked up, or to be flown back to Eagle, or take longer trips, from Dawson or Whitehorse to the lower Yukon or the Bering Sea. The entire 1.1 million acre watershed of the Charley River is protected inside preserve boundaries and the river itself is a National Wild River. Air-chartered drop off and pick up, or continuation to Circle, must be arranged for a trip on the Charley.
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