Alatna, Alaska, US
|Usual Difficulty||I(II) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||1 fpm|
This federally-designated Wild and Scenic river orginates near the headwaters of the Noatak, in Gates of the Arctic National Park. This is one of the most remote wilderness regions on the planet and the river is the best means of experiencing the landscape. The river meanders through the Endicott mountains and through a boreal forest and taiga before it ends at the village of Allakaket, located at the river's confluence with the Koyukuk River.
There are some more challenging sections upstream of the confluence of Arrigetch Creek including a short stretch of class III above Ram Creek that you can portage. The pace of the river mellows considerably once you reach Arrigetch Creek which is one popular option as a starting point for river trips. The river valley provides excellent opportunities for hiking and camping. Just be aware of the fact that the river can rise quickly.
Take a commerical flight from Fairbanks to Bettles and then arrange a bush plane for a flight into the park. You will also need to arrange a pick-up. Lat/long are very approximate as is the mileage. The listed put-in coordinates are an arbitrary part at Gates of the Arctic National Park; the takeout coordinates are at the Koyukuk River.
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