Middle Fork Koyukuk River

Bettles, Alaska

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The Middle Fork Koyukuk offers an interesting journey through historic gold mining country on a river that is accessible by road. The trip is suitable for families well-practiced in wilderness camping and makes a nice combination road and wilderness vacation. From beginnings in limestone mountains on the south side of the Arctic Divide, the headwaters of two rivers, the Bettles and the Dietrich, meet to become the Middle Fork Koyukuk about 30 miles south of the Arctic Divide. "Where the 3-to 4-mile-wide glacial valleys of the Bettles and the Dietrich meet to form the Middle Fork, the gray limestone peaks of Wiehl Mountain and Sukakpak Mountain rise precipitously above low hills.

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"The Middle Fork Koyukuk offers an interesting journey through historic gold mining country on a river that is accessible by road. The trip is suitable for families well-practiced in wilderness camping and makes a nice combination road and wilderness vacation.

From beginnings in limestone mountains on the south side of the Arctic Divide, the headwaters of two rivers, the Bettles and the Dietrich, meet to become the Middle Fork Koyukuk about 30 miles south of the Arctic Divide. "Where the 3-to 4-mile-wide glacial valleys of the Bettles and the Dietrich meet to form the Middle Fork, the gray limestone peaks of Wiehl Mountain and Sukakpak Mountain rise precipitously above low hills."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Bettles
Distance: 80
Duration: 5 days
Class: Class I
Season: Mid-June through September
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks; Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve; Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge; Doyon Ltd.
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Fork Koyukuk River

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