Kobuk Valley National Park


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Kobuk Valley National Park

(kōbo͝ok`), 1,750,737 acres (709,048 hectares), NW Alaska. Located in rugged terrain N of the Arctic Circle, the park embraces the central valley of the Kobuk River, a centuries-old transportation route with many archaeological sites. The 70-mi (113-km) Salmon Wild River lies entirely within the park. Other features include caribou migration routes and the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes. Proclaimed a national monument in 1978, it was designated a national park in 1980. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Kobuk Valley National Park

Address:PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Phone:907-442-3890
Fax:907-442-8316
Phone:800-478-7252
Web: www.nps.gov/kova/
Size: 1,750,717 acres.
Established: Proclaimed Kobuk Valley National Monument on December 1, 1978; established as a national park on December 2, 1980. Wilderness designated on December 2, 1980.
Location:Park occupies a broad valley along the central Kobuk River in northwest Alaska about 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. There are no roads that provide access to the park. Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage to Kotzebue or Fairbanks to Bettles. From either location, there are scheduled flights to villages and chartered flights to specific park areas. Summer access may include motorized/non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or by foot. Winter access may include snowmobiles, aircraft, or by foot.
Facilities:Information center (in Kotzebue).
Activities:Camping, hiking, boating, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, dog mushing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Embracing the central valley of the Kobuk River, the park, located entirely north of the Arctic Circle, includes a blend of biological, geological, and cultural resources. Here, in the northernmost extent of the boreal forest, a rich array of arctic wildlife can be found, including caribou, grizzly and black bear, wolf, and fox. The 25-square-mile Great Kobuk Sand Dunes lie just south of the Kobuk River against the base of the Waring Mountains. Archeological sites revealing more than 12,500 years of human occupation are among the most significant sites known in the Arctic, and the Kobuk Valley remains an important area for native cultures and traditional subsistence.

See other parks in Alaska.