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Ten Gwich’in and Koyukon villages are located in or next to the Refuge. Dozens of Alaska Native and Canadian communities depend on Yukon River salmon. America’s birdwatchers and hunters sight birds hatched here. Visitors enjoy the wild rivers.

The People

Gwich'in Gathering in Fort Yukon (c) Pamela A. Miller

Ten Gwich’in and Koyukon villages are located in or next to the Yukon Flats Refuge.  Dozens of Alaska Native and Canadian communities depend on Yukon River salmon.  America’s birdwatchers and hunters sight birds hatched here.  Visitors enjoy the wild rivers.

The Yukon Flats Inhabitants

The Refuge Provides the Necessary Resources for the Traditional Way of Life tied to the Land

Wildlands Recreation for Alaskans and Visitors

  • World class river trips down the Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River to the Yukon River by canoe, kayak or raft.
  • Wilderness hunting and fishing.
  • Birdwatching and camping.
  • Winter snowshoe, ski, snowmachine and other camping.
  • Winter tours for northern lights and summer tours in the village of Beaver with a Native guide attract international visitors.

Valued by People Across the United States and Beyond

  • The Yukon Flats Refuge is national interest land owned by all Americans.
  • Migratory birds connect the Yukon Flats nesting grounds to people in many states and countries at great distances [see the map]
  • Yukon River salmon include runs governed by the Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada and travel hundreds if not thousands of miles from the Bering Sea to spawning areas 


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