The best camping near Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

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Float on Alaska's largest river, the Yukon, or a smaller but more challenging waterway, the Charley River. Along the way, feel free to fish, see archaeological sites, gaze upon unspoiled wilderness and wildlife, and check out ghost towns from the Gold Rush era.

Both of these pristine rivers are a boater's paradise. The Yukon is wide and flows more gently than the Charley, which can have intermediate to challenging rapids, depending on water levels. Definitely hit this area in the summer, even though the rivers are higher due to melting snow. Wildflowers dot the hillsides for a splash of color everywhere you turn.

In terms of nature, this area serves as the nesting grounds for the largest population of peregrine falcons in North America. Just look on bluffs above the rivers to see these beautiful raptors in action. Another gem of this wild part of Alaska is the calving ground of the Fortymile River caribou herd. You may also find eagles, moose and brown bears here.

Remnants of the Gold Rush exist all over this 2.5 million-acre site. Some areas feature abandoned mining equipment, while others have cabins more than 100 years old.

Hiking and camping are both popular. Several rustic cabins, reminiscent of the 1898 gold rush, welcome you along the route. These are free to use. You can also pitch your tent. Dress for day and night temperatures. Daytime summer temps can get into the mid-90s, but it could get cold at night. Even if the air is warm, both rivers stay chilly during the summer months.

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