Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

The Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is a vast wilderness located in interior Alaska and includes 115 miles of the Yukon River and all the Charley River basin. Cliffs and bluffs line the two rivers as they merge between Eagle and Circle, making the perfect nesting area for peregrine falcons. The elevation varies from 600 feet to 6,000 feet. During the Gold Rush era, the rivers were dotted with logging towns and places for miners to stopover. Several cabins and historic sites remain today as a reminder of the past.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Exploring rural Alaska by RV is both fun and convenient. Many national park sites are remote and require you to supply your own food and supplies. What better way to be prepared than to rent an RV from RVshare?

RV Rentals Near Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Both the Yukon and Charley Rivers offer views of unspoiled, wild territory. If you have an adventurous spirit, enjoy the scenery by taking a five to 10-day summer float trip from Eagle to Circle. Hunting and trapping are popular at the hunting camps along the Yukon River near Eagle and Circle. Other popular activities include kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and fishing, dog sledding, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Hiking in the backcountry is possible although there aren’t any designated hiking trails. 

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How To Get To Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is located in a remote area of Alaska. Travel via the Taylor Highway will take you as far as Eagle, AK. From there, you will travel 12 miles downstream on the river. Or you can travel on the Steese Highway as far as Circle, AK, and travel 14 miles upstream by motorboat. Another option is to charter an air taxi from Fairbanks and fly to the Charley River, keeping in mind that this is more of a challenge because of the whitewater rapids. Before venturing into the unknown, contact the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center. 


101 Dunkel St, Suite 110, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Fee: Entry fee (per person)

There is no entry fee.

Whether exploring Alaska is on your bucket list or simply an adventure you crave, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve will surpass your wildest imagination. The virtually untouched wilderness, the abundant wildlife, and the everchanging river will mentally challenge you. You will experience total reliance on your own capabilities. Experience the adventure of a lifetime by taking an RV road trip and then journeying into the great unknown.