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Alaska waterways

Alatna river

We floated the Alatna River in the central Brooks Range just west of Bettles, Alaska June 20-30, 1973.  Participants were:

Name Representing
David Dapkus BOR, Team Leader
Tom Ritter NPS; Anchorage State Office
Spencer Linderman ADF&G, Fairbanks
Sharon Long Resource Planning Team, FSLUPC, Anchorage

The team met in Bettles, Alaska on June 20, 1973.  An overflight with Paul Graham (Merric) was taken of the entire river by the team that afternoon. On June 21, we were ferried into the Alatna at Ram Creek by helicopter (3 trips from Bettles). 

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The first camp was made at Ram Creek. The second day, June 22, dawned bright and clear and remained that way for the entire float trip. The canoes were loaded and off we went. The mountains were beautiful, especially the Arrigetch Peaks. Much wildlife, such as grizzly bear, Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolf, beaver, ducks, Canada geese, great horned owls, eagles, and seagulls were observed starting that day and throughout the float trip. Fishing was excellent in the tributaries and lake only. Camp was made about two miles above Arrigetch Creek. 

Successive camps were made at Takahula Lake about 15 miles below Takahula Lake, at Helpmejack Creek, Siruk Creek, and several other unnamed creeks.

Water level was slightly high, and tea colored due to breakup. Except for the first 40 miles which is fast and rapid/lined, the river runs smooth, broad and slow. It is easily canoeable with caution due to the shallow and fast first 40 miles of river.

We arrived at the villages of Allakaket and Alatna in time to catch our scheduled Wien Skyvan to Bettles and Fairbanks on June 30. These villages are 1/4 of a mile down the Koyukuk River from the confluence of the Alatna River.

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