Noatak National Preserve

Congress created Noatak National Preserve in 1980 to protect the largest unaltered river basin and watershed in the United States. The preserve covering more than 6,569,904-acres is bordered on the east by Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve and Kobuk Valley National Park to the south. Unlike the other two areas, you can go sport and substance hunting at this location. Additionally, this roadless location is an excellent place for a floating trip on the Noatak River. While there are no roads, you can make your own here. Archeologists believe that people have been living on the land for more than 11,000 years. 

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Noatak National Preserve

Consider taking an RV from RVshare on a trip to Noatak National Preserve. Then, you can take a float trip or a plane ride to get to the preserve. Staying in an RV in this remote Alaskan area ensures that you will be self-sufficient. The best plan is to camp in Fairbanks, Alaska, and catch one of the flights to this roadless location. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Noatak National Preserve

There are no roads into Noatak National Preserve. Many visitors choose to fly into Kotzebue, Alaska, and start a floating adventure from there to reach this preserve. Most people try to float between June and September because of the ice on the river at other times. This preserve is a fantastic place to go fishing for grayling and pike year-round, and it is a great place to catch shellfish in the fall. Noatak National Preserve has no trails, but you can make trails through this area, which is the fourth largest wilderness area in the United States. You can hunt on the preserve, but not in the national park, which may be a great way to put meat in your freezer. 

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How To Get To Noatak National Preserve

There are no roads to or into Noatak National Preserve. Many choose to fly to this location from Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Airport is located at 6450 Airport Way, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709. You can reach it by following 1st Avenue near downtown Fairbanks. Then, turn left on Cowles Street. Finally, turn right onto Airport Way and go straight until you reach the airport. Consider catching a flight to Kotzebue and kayak down the river from there. 


Noatak Nature Preserve, Kotzebue, Alaska 99752

Fee: Entry fee $0

In addition to all the great things to see in the 6,569,904-acre Noatak National Preserve, you will want to make a stop at the other two nearby national parks and preserves. Before visiting, however, keep in mind that you will need to have all your needs covered for your journey into the preserve. You can fly into the area or take a canoe from Kotzebue. Once you arrive, the fishing, hunting, and gathering are usually outstanding. You can make paths and camp in a tent wherever you desire. This preserve's headquarters is in Kotzebue, where you can find great places to shop and eat. The center is also an excellent place to get maps of the preserve and connect with park rangers who have first-hand knowledge of the entire area. Making this trip in an RV makes for a fun family experience.