Bureau of Land Management National Park Service US Fish and Wildlife Service US Forest Service

Charley River, Alaska

Managing Agency:

National Park Service, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve


Designated Reach:

December 2, 1980. The entire river, including its major tributaries—Copper Creek, Bonanza Creek, Hosford Creek, Derwent Creek, Flat-Orthmer Creek, Crescent Creek, and Moraine Creek—within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 208.0 miles; Total — 208.0 miles.

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Charley River

The exceptionally clear Charley River is completely contained within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The river drops 32 feet/mile in its upper reaches and offers whitewater challenges during high water; during low water flows, it is mild and can be enjoyed by many. Bighorn sheep, caribou, peregrine falcon, moose and bears may be seen along its banks. This is one of the few rivers designated for its entire length.