Noatak River

Noatak, Alaska

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One of Alaska's most popular arctic rivers, the Noatak offers an excellent wildemess expedition for intermediate boaters with good backcountry skills. Entirely above the Arctic Circle, the Noatak drains the largest river basin in North America that is still virtually Unaffected by human activities. From its headwaters on Mount Igikpak, the Noatak flows 425 miles from the mountains to the sea, arcing westward across the Western Arctic, then south along the DeLong Mountains to spill into Kotzebue Sound, after draining an area of 12,600 square miles. The Noatak traverses six distinct regions: alpine tundra and mountains, the Noatak basin with its rounded ountains and vast tundra, the 65-mile-long Grand Canyon of the Noatak, the 7-mile-Iong Noatak Canyon, the plains and rolling Igichuk Hills, and the flat coastal delta.

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"One of Alaska's most popular arctic rivers, the Noatak offers an excellent wildemess expedition for intermediate boaters with good backcountry skills. Entirely above the Arctic Circle, the Noatak drains the largest river basin in North America that is still virtually Unaffected by human activities.

From its headwaters on Mount Igikpak, the Noatak flows 425 miles from the mountains to the sea, arcing westward across the Western Arctic, then south along the DeLong Mountains to spill into Kotzebue Sound, after draining an area of 12,600 square miles. The Noatak traverses six distinct regions: alpine tundra and mountains, the Noatak basin with its rounded ountains and vast tundra, the 65-mile-long Grand Canyon of the Noatak, the 7-mile-Iong Noatak Canyon, the plains and rolling Igichuk Hills, and the flat coastal delta."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Noatak
Distance: 375
Duration: 7- 21 days
Class: Class I-II
Season: June through September
Local Contacts: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve; Noatak National Preserve; NANA Regional Corporation; private. The Noatak is a National Wild River.
Driving Directions: Directions to Noatak River

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