Class III Charley River, AK

Gelvin's Cabin to Yukon River

The exceptionally clear Charley River is completely contained within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and flows northwards about 108 miles to the Yukon River. The river flows through three distinct topographic regions—open upland valley, entrenched river, and open floodplain—offering varied, sometimes spectacular, scenery, as well as unspoiled wilderness.

The river drops 32 feet/mile in its upper reaches and offers whitewater challenges during high water; during low water flows, it is mild and can be enjoyed by many.

Bighorn sheep, caribou, peregrine falcon, moose and bears may be seen along its banks. This is one of the few rivers designated Wild and Scenic for its entire length. River

Section Details

Trip Length Multiday, 75.0 Miles
Notes The current airstrip used in the past to access this site is unsafe. Check with the Park Service for alternative airstrips.
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager National Park Service, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater