As one of North America's largest mountain-ringed river basins with an intact ecosystem, the Noatak River environs features some of the Arctic's finest arrays of plants and animals. The river is classified as a national wild and scenic river, and offers stunning wilderness float-trip opportunities - from deep in the Brooks Range to the tidewater of the Chukchi Sea.
Hours + Fees
Noatak National Preserve is open year around. The headquarters office - located in Kotzebue - is open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
The Innaigvik Education and Information Center in Kotzebue is open only in the summer. Please call ahead for specific hours of operation. 907.442.3890.
Map + Directions
Noatak National Preserve is a very remote area. There are no roads that provide access. Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage to Kotzebue or Fairbanks to Bettles. Once in Kotzebue or Bettles, you must fly to the preserve with various air taxi operators. There are scheduled flights to villages and chartered flights to remote park areas. Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. (Note: Traveling by foot in the summer would be an arduous, roundabout journey.) Winter access may include snowmobiles, aircraft or by foot.