Alaska July 29, 2017
Take The River Trip Of A Lifetime In Right Here In Alaska
The Kobuk River is one of the largest in Northwestern Alaska and flows through a forest-covered valley with views of the mountains behind. The trip is through the deep Alaskan wilderness where there are far more caribou than people. This incredible adventure awaits those who are willing to go to great lengths to find the most epic views. Take a river trip on the Kobuk for the Alaskan adventure of a lifetime.
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The Kobuk River runs from Walker Lake in the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve and continues to past the village Kiana where it fans out into a delta in the Kotzebue Sound.
Most people put their crafts in the river below Walker Lake to avoid the mean Class IV rapids that lie only 3/4 of a mile from where the rive leaves the lake. The trip takes about 5-8 days, so no one wants to start out soaking wet.
The banks of the Kobuk are thick with spruce. Be strategic with choosing camping spots along the bank as they may be far between.
The area is teeming with waterfowl. The flock seen here is mostly composed of mallards and scaups, but there are many types in area for the bird watchers.
The area is also the habitat of many types of Alaskan wildlife, so look out for bear, moose, caribou, wolves, wolverine, fox and porcupines, to name a few.
The river is packed with delicious fish to catch and eat along your trip. There are an abundance of sheefish (Stenodus leucicthys), a large whitefish prized for it's buttery flesh and delicious flavor.
There is silty glacial sand along the banks in places along the river. There is even a hidden desert in the area.
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The caribou migrate through this area on their fall migration. Artifacts have shown that people have lived in this area for over 12,000 years, and you're sure to see the timeless appeal.
Many have a float plane meet them near the Lower Kobuk Canyon. After this point, the river becomes busy with riverboat traffic as the largest villages in the area line the river: Kobuk, Shungnak, Ambler, Kiana and Noorvik.
A trip on the Kobuk River is absolutely magical. Consider this remote, untouched, ancient part of the world next time you're planning a river trip.
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