Sunday, June 4, 2017

National Lands: Alaska (Part 2)

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alagnak Wild River is located in the Alaskan Peninsula. The river begins in the Katmai National Park & Preserve and flows to the Bristol Bay. The area is popular for fishing and the rapids are Class I-III. No services exist in this area, so visitors have to be well prepared. Alaska Public Lands is located in Anchorage and provides information for those who wish to visit the public lands in the state. Other centers are is Fairbanks, Ketchikan and Tok. These centers will help visitors make the most informed choices for activities. Aleutian World War II National Historic Site commemorates the invasion of this area by the Japanese and the fight for this island chain. This site is located at the Unalaska airport. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument includes battlefield remnants on Ahu Island, an occupation site on Kiska Island and the crash site of a B-24D Liberator on Atka Island. The Sitka National Historical Park is the site of a battle with Russian invaders. The park is located in the southeastern section of the state west of the border with Canada. Highlighted is the culture of the Tlingit people.

The Noatak National Preserve is in the northern section of the state. It is to the west of Gates of the Arctic. The river is 400 miles long and carries water from the Brooks Range to the Chukchi Sea. No facilities are at this site. Access is by boat or plane. Hiking, fishing, camping and rafting are just some of the available activities. The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is on the western side of the state in the area of land closest to Russia. Camping, hiking and backpacking are available. No roads are in the preserve, so access is by plane or boat.  The Inupiat Heritage Center is located in Barrow which is on the northern coast of Alaska. The site honors the people who live in this harsh climate. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is in Skagway which is in the northeast section of the state on the border with Canada. Hiking and camping are available in the area. The Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is located in the center of the eastern border with Canada. Access to the area is only by air or water. Boating, hiking, camping and fishing are available.

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