Koyukuk (North Fork) and Brooks Range

Ickert-Bond Lab: systematics meets ecology, paleontology, and genomics

Another fantastic canoe trip in Alaska.  Drove to Coldfoot on the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks, spectacular scenery all along and lots of Oxytropis. Within the Brooks Range lies the Endicott Mountains and in the heart of these mountains is the Gates of The Arctic National Park and Preserve. Near Coldfoot we descended to the river and started our 5-day float of the North Fork of the Koyukuk River. The Koyukuk starts in these mountains and eventually flows into the giant Yukon-Kuskokwim delta region. This 90-mile river trip is mostly Class I although there is a short section of Class II rapids.  We encountered lots of very heavy rain and had to make several stops along the way and warm up at the fire, just to overcome the cold and potential hypothermia. The dramatic scenery encountered made up for it big time. True wilderness camping… the kids had a great time.  After a 5-day float and a deep soaking we made it safely to Bettles and took a small plane back to Coldfoot. What an adventure… loved the Ally canoes and got some good specimens too. Check out some pics below…

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