Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Wind River, Alaska

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Managing Agency:

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


Designated Reach:

December 2, 1980. The segment from its source, including all headwaters and one unnamed tributary in T13S, within the boundaries of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 140.0 miles; Total — 140.0 miles.

Wind River

Photo Credit: Sharon Seim

Wind River

Beginning in the Philip Smith Mountains, this river offers a wide variety of vegetation, scenery and wildlife characteristic of a boreal forest on the south slope of the refuge. A small river with little human use, its remoteness provides for excellent populations of wildlife including moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bear.