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

Gulkana River, Alaska

Managing Agency:

Bureau of Land Management, Glennallen Field Office


Designated Reach:

December 2, 1980. The main stem from the outlet of Paxson Lake in T12N, R2W, Copper River meridian, to the confluence with Sourdough Creek. The South Branch of the West Fork from the outlet of an unnamed lake in sections 10 and 15, T10N, R7W, Copper River meridian, to the confluence with the West Fork. The North Branch from the outlet of two unnamed lakes, one in sections 24 and 25, the second in sections 9 and 10, T11N, R8W, Copper River meridian, to the confluence with the West Fork. The West Fork from its confluence with the North and South Branches downstream to its confluence with the main stem. The Middle Fork from the outlet of Dickey Lake in T13N, R5W, Copper River meridian, to the confluence with the main stem.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 181.0 miles; Total — 181.0 miles.

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Gulkana River

With the grandeur of Alaska's Wrangell Mountains in the distance and a variety of whitewater on the river, the Gulkana is an outstanding recreation resource. The Gulkana offers remarkable opportunities for seeing moose, waterfowl, bald eagle, and bear. Salmon runs peak from mid-June to late July and floaters share the lower stretches with fishermen.