Yukon-Charley Rivers is largely wilderness without trails, designated by Congress to remain a "primitive" area in many respects. The National Park Service strives to make the preserve's visitor center as universally accessible as possible.
Fees and Passes
The America the Beautiful Access Pass is a free lifetime pass for US citizens and permanent residents who have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities. It provides free entrance to recreation areas managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation. Passes can be obtained in person at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center or online from the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Holders of America the Beautiful Access Passes and Golden Access Passes are entitled to 50% discounts on camping fees for sites occupied by the passholders. Provide the pass number to the reservation company when the reservation is made.
The Eagle Visitors Center is open 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from July 1 to September 25. And is located in the town of Eagle, Alaska. Access is via the Taylor Highway approximately 160 miles from the community of Tok. Visitors can speak with a ranger, receive a backcountry orientation, and finalize the details of a trip in the preserve. The visitor center entrance is equipped with a wheelchair accessible ramp and accessible restrooms are located approximately 20 feet from the entrance.
The Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center is open 7 days a week 8am-6 pm from May 25-September 11th and is located in downtown Fairbanks, AK. Visitors can speak with a ranger, receive backcountry information and finalize details of a trip to the preserve. Accessible parking is in the front of the facility and accessible restrooms are available.
Things To Do
The Yukon River can be accessed by motorized or non-motorized boat in Eagle. The Yukon River flows at an average speed of 5 to 8 miles per hour. Gravel bars exist along the river and allow for access to camping areas. Visitors must be self-sufficient since there are no developed areas between Eagle and Circle and assistance may be days away. You should also be prepared for all weather conditions because conditions can change rapidly and may be extreme, even in July.
For the safety of visitors, the NPS recommends that floaters file a Voluntary Backcountry Trip Plan with the preserve and a friend or relative. Floaters can also file a voluntary float plan in-person at the Eagle Visitor Center. For questions, contact the Eagle Visitor Center at (907) 547-2233.
There are no developed or maintained trails in the Preserve. A gravel path leads from the Yukon River past Slaven’s Roadhouse to Woodchopper Creek for approximately 7 miles. Motorized access for the public may be available, contact the park for more information.
Public Use Cabins
Access to public use cabins in the preserve are via the Yukon River. Access points to the Yukon are via public boat launch in Eagle and Circle, Alaska. Many of the Preserve’s cabins are a short distance from the river itself so visitors will need to travel over uneven terrain and potential hazards.
Explore our public use cabins.
Slaven’s Roadhouse is a restored historic cabin on the bank of the Yukon River. Access to the cabin from the bank is via a gravel packed trail approximately 300 ft long on a grade about 10%. During summer months, depending on water levels, exposed, wet Yukon River silt and vegetation can make access to the shore difficult. Otherwise it is a good hard surface to access the trail. Cabin entrance has a slight elevation change and is not level with the ground surface. There is no plumbing or electricity on site. Restroom facilities are located outside approximately 30 feet from the entrance. Cabin is heated via woodstove, so protruding objects and uneven surfaces are present.
Service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed in the park. A service animal that is allowed in park facilities, trails, etc., must be doing so in the service of a disabled person. Emotional support ("therapy animals") are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but are pets, and may access trails, other non-motorized areas, and park buildings. Service dogs-in-training are not service animals under ADA, but are considered pets. Pets are allowed in all areas of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, including all trails and public use cabins.
Last updated: August 28, 2020