Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Gates of the Arctic National Park Information

Location Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, North Slope Borough, and Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska, USA
Nearest City Fairbanks
Coordinates 67°47′0″N 153°18′0″W
Area 8,472,506 acres (34,287 km²)
Established December 2, 1980 Established: December 2, 1980
Visitors 10,924 (in 2007)
Governing Body National Park Service

Gates of the Arctic National Park Wild and Scenic Rivers:

  • Alatna River 83 miles (134 km)
  • John River 52 miles (84 km)
  • Kobuk River 110 miles (177 km)
  • Koyukuk River 102 miles (164 km)
  • part of the Noatak River
  • Tinayguk River 44 miles (71 km)

Gates of the Arctic National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

  • June - September: open 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ( 1:00 p.m. for lunch).
  • Remaining days Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - noon / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on holidays.

Gates of the Arctic National Park Fishing

Type of Fish Location
Char North Slop streams and some lakes
Chum Salmon Kobuk and Alatna Rivers
Grayling Clear lakes and streams
Lake Trout Deep lakes
Sheefish Kobuk and Alatna Rivers

Remarkable Values of the Six National Wild Rivers

Alatna Wild River

Approx Length in Miles 83
Scenic Quality High; variety from snow-capped mountains to spruce-hardwood forest
Recreational Opportunities Plentiful sightseeing,
nature study,
Geologic Features Rugged mountains of central Brooks Range including Arrigetch Peaks
Fish, Fauna, and Flora Easily observed

John Wild River

Approx Length in Miles 52
Scenic Quality Outstanding; high relief
Recreational Opportunities Numerous,
family float stream,
excellent hiking
backpacking in upper river area
Geologic Features Wide glacial valleys dissecting central Brooks Range
Fish, Fauna, and Flora Variety of large and small mammals

Kobuk Wild River

Approx Length in Miles 110
Scenic Quality Walker Lake, two canyons
Recreational Opportunities Exceptional float river
Geologic Features Endicott Mountains of central Brooks Range, upper and lower Kobuk canyons
Fish, Fauna, and Flora Variety of fish and wildlife,
one of largest concentrations of sheefish,
wintering grounds for western arctic caribou herd,
largest continuous spruce forest areas in the Brooks Range
Cultural Resources Highly significant potential

Noatak Wild River

Approx Length in Miles 65
Scenic Quality Glacial valley with snowcapped peaks
Recreational Opportunities wild rivers in Alaska,
good floating,
wildlife viewing opportunities
Geologic Features Mount Igikpak
Fish, Fauna, and Flora Plentiful caribou
Cultural Resources Transportation route by natives for thousands of years

North Fork Koyukuk Wild River

Approx Length in Miles 102
Scenic Quality Frigid Crags, and Boreal Mountain
Recreational Opportunities Access at headwaters,
outstanding wilderness backpacking,
clear water
challenging whitewater
Geologic Features South flank of the arctic Continental Divide
Fish, Fauna, and Flora Variety of wildlife

Tinayguk Wild River (a Tributary of the North Fork Koyukuk)

Approx Length in Miles 44
Scenic Quality Broad glacial valley
Recreational Opportunities High potential for hiking and backpacking.
Geologic Features South flank of the arctic Continental Divide
Fish, Fauna, and Flora Variety of wildlife

Gates of the Arctic National Park Weather

Stats Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Avg High - °F -4.5 1.0 14.5 32.3 53.2 67.7 69.6 62.3 48.4 24.9 5.4 -2.3 31.1
Avg Low - °F -20.3 -17.5 -8.8 10.1 33.6 46.8 49.2 43.7 32.2 12.0 -8.5 -17.0 13.1
Avg Precip (in) 0.75 0.73 0.65 0.53 0.66 1.40 1.90 2.55 1.76 1.13 0.88 0.86 13.8
Avg Snowfall (in) 12.0 9.9 10.1 6.8 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 2.1 11.9 13.3 15.2 82.5
Avg Snow Depth (in) 26.0 29.0 32.0 26.0 4.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 12.0 21.0 13.0

Gates of the Arctic National Park Bird List

Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Red-throated Loon
Yellow-billed Loon

American Widgeon
Black Scoter
Canada Goose
Common Eider
Common Goldeneye
Emperor Goose
Greater Scaup
Greater White-fronted Goose
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
King Eider
Lesser Scaup
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Red-breasted Merganser
Snow Goose
Surf Scoter
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
White-winged Scoter

Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed (Harlan's) Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk

American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon

Rock Ptarmigan
Ruffed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Willow Ptarmigan

Sandhill Crane

Black-bellied Plover

Lesser Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover

Baird's Sandpiper
Bar-tailed Godwit
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Upland Sandpiper
Wandering Tattler
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper

Arctic Tern
Bonaparte's Gull
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Herring Gull
Long-tailed Jaeger
Mew Gull
Parasitic Jaeger
Pomarine Jaeger
Sabine's Gull

Boreal Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great-horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Short-eared Owl
Snowy Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Black-backed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Three-toed Woodpecker

Alder Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Say's Phoebe

Horned Lark

Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow

Common Raven
Gray Jay

Black-capped Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Siberian Tit

American Robin
Arctic Warbler
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Northern Wheatear
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Varied Thrush

American (Water) Pipit
Yellow Wagtail

American Dipper

Bohemian Waxwing

Northern Shrike

American Tree Sparrow
Blackpoll Warbler
Common Redpoll
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-color)
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Hoary Redpoll
Lapland Longspur
Lincoln's Sparrow
Northern Waterthrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Grosbeak
Rosy Finch
Rusty Blackbird
Savannah Sparrow
Smith's Longspur
Snow Bunting
White-crowned Sparrow
White-winged Crossbill
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Gates of the Arctic National Park Address

Gates of the Arctic Field Operations
Bettles Ranger Station
PO Box 26030
Bettles, AK 99726

Phone: 907-692-5494
Fax: 907-692-5400

National Park Service (Fairbanks Hqtrs)
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Phone: 907-456-5752
Anaktuvuk Pass Ranger Station
PO Box 21102
Anaktuvuk Pass, AK 99721
Phone: 907- 661-3520
Marion Creek Ranger Station (Coldfoot)
PO Box 9072
Coldfoot, AK 99701
Phone: 907-678-2004
Phone: 907-678-5209 - Visitor Center - Jun / Aug