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Noatak National Preserve

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Address: Kotzebue, AK
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

One of the best areas in the state for outdoor activities.

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The "Pluses" Just Keep Piling Up

There are no roads to Noatak so taking Arctic Back Country Flying Service is the means of getting there. If you are not into camping, a flight-seeing trip to this and four other... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Randy L
Dubuque, Iowa
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Dubuque, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are no roads to Noatak so taking Arctic Back Country Flying Service is the means of getting there. If you are not into camping, a flight-seeing trip to this and four other national parks/preserves is just your answer. With the Brooks Range in view, you will be observing a beautiful river system and tundra. If you arrive in May,... More 

Thank Randy L
Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We flew in with Arctic BackCountry Flying Service. Our pilot was very knowledgeable. He pointed out musk ox and moose from the air. We landed on a gravel beach beside a river. Views were spectacular. If you choose not to camp there, you can get a good overview in a short time.

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Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We camped on a gravel bar and fished up and down river. We met two bears and a moose. And another group from Germany. Good fishing.

Thank trevans625
Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Saw lots of animals. Caribou of course also saw Fox, Musk Ox, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear and Wolves. Very interesting place to fly over and stay in the Preserve.

Thank Dan R
Fairbanks, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Flightseeing trip Kotzebue to middle Noatak and back, with a stop for lunch at Tulugak Lake. Fantastic subarctic scenery, and the Noatak River is stunningly blue (not the glacial silt or tannic brown of Interior Alaska rivers. Definitely would like to spend more time of the ground.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Worth the travel to experience the solitude. Getting there is not easy or cheap, but memories to last a lifetime.

Thank BobybC
Kotzebue, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2013

Viewed the preserve by air with Arctic Backcountry Flying Service. Scenery was breathtaking and the wildlife viewing rewarding. We saw moose, caribou, musk ox, dall sheep, and a grizzly bear from the air. The river was just breaking up and the variety of colors amazing.

Thank LiCottam
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2013

The Noatak River is a world class river, half a mile wide even in the low flow months. This is truely remote wilderness accessable only by boat or bush plane. The little village of Noatak is quaint and worth a visit if you are floating the river.

1 Thank Kerry K

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