For four decades, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act has protected America’s river heritage. Rivers have not only defined our nation but our culture and identity. In 1968, Congress recognized that many of our nation’s rivers were facing irreversible threats and took action to establish the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The goal of the system is to preserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition and protect these values for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Alaska has a total of 25 designated wild and scenic rivers that make up over a quarter of the total miles in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Covering thousands of miles across the state, they journey through remote wilderness areas, national parks, preserves, monuments, and forests. Whether they are spawned by glaciers, flow through expansive mountain ranges, or traverse Arctic tundra, these rivers offer amazing boating and backcountry opportunities for visitors of every experience level. Although many of the rivers in Alaska are remote and require access by air there are countless opportunities to access these special places via the road system.
Rivers in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System are generally classified as wild, scenic, or recreational. Wild river areas include rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments and are generally inaccessible except by trail. Wild rivers have essentially primitive watersheds or shorelines and unpolluted waters. Scenic river areas include rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments but are accessible in places by roads. They have largely primitive watersheds or shorelines. Recreational river areas include rivers or sections of rivers that are readily accessible by road or railroad, may have some development along their shorelines, and may have undergone some impoundment or diversion in the past. The legacy of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System shines perhaps brightest in a place like Alaska where so many of the rivers run free and pure and in unadulterated state. They are places where nature remains in a harmonious balance and where humans are merely visitors.
Managing government agencies (river information)
ABEC's Alaska Adventures
P.O. Box 10791, Fairbanks, AK 99710
We have all levels of Alaska Brooks Range trips into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or Gates of the Arctic National Park. With over 25 years of experience our Alaskan Guides provide a safe and a fun, "once in a lifetime trip." We have custom, base camp, backpack, and river trips into the vast wild Alaskan Wilderness. You can see pictures of these trips in our Gallery on line at www.abecalaska.com or call 907-457-8907.
PO Box 1696, Tahoe City, CA 96145
Your big ship cruise alternative! Cruise Alaska up close aboard a selection of over 25 small ships and yachts carrying 6-138 travelers. We are award winning
Alaska travel experts specializing in travel by small ships, yachts and wilderness lodges away from tourist crowds. Speak with our professional crew who has lived, worked and traveled at length throughout
Alaska. With over 50 years combined experience in
Alaska travel we will answer your questions quickly and accurately. AdventureSmith Explorations is a company founded by guides and we believe that a professional, knowledgeable and personable guide is the key to a successful adventure travel and small ship cruise experience. We are committed to sustainable tourism and contributing positively to the individuals, communities and environments encountered by every AdventureSmith traveler. Call our experts today to plan your Alaska small ship cruise today.
Alaska Alpine Adventures
2133 Dahl Lane, Anchorage, AK 99503
Since 1998, Alaska Alpine Adventures has been leading guided Alaska backpacking, alaska hiking trips and adventure vacations throughout Alaska's spectacular national parks and wildlife refuges. Recognized by National Geographic as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth in both 2008 & 2009, Alaska Alpine Adventures takes adventure seekers on multi-day and multi-sport Alaska hiking tours, rafting trips, Alaska backpacking trips, kayaking trips, and skiing vacations throughout the Last Frontier. Guided Alaska tours include adventure trips to Lake Clark National Park, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Kenai Fjords, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park and beyond. Our brand of sustainable travel has been recognized by Adventure Green Alaska - Alaska's highly regarded sustainable tourism certification program. Take a trip with Alaska Alpine Adventures and experience the Alaska vacation of a lifetime!
P.O. Box 875649 , Wasilla, AK 99687
Since 2001, Alaska Outdoors has showcased Alaska's National Parks and protected areas featuring small group camping and hiking tours throughout the state. Hike, raft, sea kayak, canoe, whale watching, glacier cruises, flightseeing and more. Tours range from 7 to 21 days and start at $995.
Alaska River Adventures
PO Box 725, Mile 48 Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing AK 99572
For over 30 years, Alaska River Adventures has hired 'well seasoned' professionals to guide small groups to wild rivers across Alaska.
Rare permits in Wildlife Refuges and Parks let us show you places few others can -
- Fishing and photo expeditions on Wilderness Rivers
- Drift boat fishing on the Kenai & Kasilof Rivers.
- Rafting - from half day to multi day - mild to wild.
- First class all-inclusive fishing lodge.
Alaska Ultra Sport
PO Box 1125, Chickaloon AK 99674
Alaska Ultra Sport offers guided wilderness trips throughout Alaska. We are based out of Chickaloon, Alaska and have guided trips all over the state.This business has been owner-operated since 2001. If you book a trip with us you will be on a trip with Bill and Kathi Merchant.We offer guided multi day rafting, sea-kayaking, mountain biking and backpacking trips. We operate in many National Parks, State Parks,the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Katmai National Park and more. We speak english, german and some french and italian. 2-6 people.
Alaskan Tour Guides
6830 Toller Court, Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Experience a sense of wonder and awe. See Alaska's scenery and wildlife from unique perspectives and discover Alaska with Alaskans. Alaskan Tour Guides, Inc. leads you on a journey that is fun, educational, safe and eco-minded. We take great care to include sights or adventures we feel are distinctive for visitors seeking a more personal connection with nature and wilderness. Choose from a wide range of tours, varying in level of difficulty and inetrests. We are able to provide custom tours for most group sizes.
P.O. Box 80562, Fairbanks, AK 99708
Arctic Wild: Alaska Adventures with Latitude!
Explore the mountains, tundra, rivers, and coast of arctic Alaska with our professional wilderness guides. Enjoy wildlife and scenery in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and Gates of the Arctic National Park. Visit sub-arctic destinations like Katmai National Park and Yukon Charley. We specialize in multi-day, wilderness fly-in adventures. Whether hiking, rafting, canoeing or enjoying a wildlife base camp, the scenery, ecology, and quality service will impress even the most seasoned Alaska travelers. Find out why our clients return year after year and enthusiastically reccommend us for our small groups, local guides, minimum impact ethics, and great food! Custom trips and references available. Call 888/577-8203, or visit www.arcticwild.com.
P.O. Box 111853. Anchorage, AK 99511
Booking agency, backpacking, guiding, hiking, kayaking and canoeing,lodging, organization, rafting and river trips, wildlife viewing, winter activities.
P.O. Box 688, Whittier, AK 99693
Alaska's finest wilderness cruise- multi-day voyages, naturalist guided, small groups, onboard cabins, shore hikes, kayaking, wildlife viewing, custom voyages. Charter boats, bird watching, cruiseships and tourboats, fishing, hiking, natural and cultural history interpretation, photography. Prince William Sound, Copper River Delta.
Earth Bed and Breakfast & Tours
1001 W 12th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Earth B&B is THE home away from home for mountain climbers, fishermen, photographers and other adventurers from across the globe. Our comfortable and roomy Anchorage Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located close to downtown walking distance to the city's finest shopping, dining, entertainment and outdoor recreation. Our private accommodations are a perfect alternative to busy hotel lodging. You'll know you are in the right place from the minute you walk through our door.
GoNorth Alaska Travel Center
P.O. Box 60147, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge, LLC
P.O. Box 80424, Fairbanks, AK 99708
Luxury accommodations for the body, remote wilderness for the spirit. Powered by the sun, wind and friendly, long-time Alaskans, this exclusive hideaway offers elegance and comfort 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska's Brooks Range and Gates of the Arctic National Park. Fly-in only. Since 1974. Remote. Exceptional. Unforgettable.
3100 Bettles Bay Loop, Anchorage, AK 99515
Island Lodge offers 10 years of experience leading outdoor adventures in the wilderness of Lake Clark National Park. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking and river trips, as well as friendly hospitality and delicious meals in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. Island Lodge makes an Alaska dream vacation possible for groups, families, singles, couples and business associates.
Montana Creek Campground
816 Oceanview Drive, Anchorage AK 99515
Montana Creek Campground is located on an excellent salmon and trout-fishing stream at mile 96.5 on the Parks Highway, conveniently located near facilities and many recreational activities. All campsites have gravel pads, picnic tables, fire rings and BBQ grills with grass or trees between sites; some have electric hook-ups. We also have a tackle cache and store located on the grounds. You'll see bald eagles, hawks, fox, moose and the occasional bear on the property. We have a reputation for cleanliness and friendliness.
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NOVA River Runners
PO Box 1129, Chickaloon AK 99674
Since 1975. Scenic and whitewater river rafting trips from class I to V, glacier hikes and ice climbing instruction on the Matanuska Glacier. Day trips near Anchorage and multi-dat trips statewide. www.nova-alaska.com
Rust's Flying Service
PO Box 190867, Anchorage, AK 99519
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Southeast Charters Inc.
P.O. Box 33018, Juneau, AK 99803
Cruise the protected waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Enjoy whale watching, bear viewing, iceberg and glacier adventures, catching fish, setting crab pots, and exploring fiords with sheer rock walls and misty waterfalls.
The Boat Company, LLC
P.O. Box 1839, Poulsbo, WA 98370
The Boat Company has been operating small ship ecotours in Southeast Alaska every summer for thirty years. Our cruises are typically one week long and feature visits to remote wilderness areas throughout the region's scenic protected waterways.
On any given day, guests of The Boat Company have the opportunity to participate in an abundance of activities. We offer fishing, shoreline walks with trained naturalists, early morning and late evening kayaking, wildlife and glacier viewing, and everything from leisurely beach combing or gentle strolls to vigorous hikes through virgin rainforests.
Too-loo-uk River Guides
P.O. Box 106, Denali Park, AK 99755
Extended wilderness raft trips to Alaska's Arctic; Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Gates of the Arctic NP, NPR-A
as well as trips in Wrangell-st Elias and the Chugach Mountains. We've been guiding in Alaska's backcountry and on Alaska's remote rivers for over 20 years. We are Alaska owned and operated and specialize in small groups and personal service.
Wilderness Birding Adventures
5515 Wild Mountain Road. Eagle River, AK 99577
Wilderness Birding Adventures is dedicated to exploring, conserving and sharing Alaska’s rich natural world with those who like to add a splash of adventure and spontaneity (balanced with careful planning and safety) to their vacation in the Great Land. Since 1986, we have been offering our guests the best in Alaska birding, rafting, sea kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing trips from birding tours in the Pribilofs, Gambell and Nome, to wilderness expeditions like paddling the Kongakut and Canning rivers in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, photographing Spectacled Eiders on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta – to name just a few of the possibilities!
Yukon River Lodge
P.O. Box 68049, Ruby, AK 99768
There still remain a few wild places in the world and this is one of them. Nestled at the base of Kokrines Hills, Alaska’s Yukon River Lodge (currently under construction) overlooks the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge and the Yukon River stretched out before it.