Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve

Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit

The Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is open year-round. The field office in Eagle is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning mid-May through mid-September. For the remainder of the year, the field office is open those same hours on weekdays only. The Fairbanks office is open all year, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you plan to reach the preserve by plane, scheduled air taxis from Fairbanks serve Eagle and Circle, located up river and down river of the preserve, respectively. If you hope to make the journey by car, realize Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is primarily a wilderness with no road access. Two highways do serve towns near the preserve boundaries. The 161-mile Taylor Highway begins at Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway and ends at Eagle, 12 river miles from the preserve. It is usually open from mid-April to mid-October and is suitable for cars. The Steese Highway is open year-round. It begins in Fairbanks and travels 162 miles to Circle, 14 miles from the preserve. In good weather, it takes about five hours to drive either of these gravel roads. Check locally about road conditions before setting out. For more information, please call the field office in Eagle at (907) 547-2233; or the Fairbanks Headquarters at (907) 457-5752.