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Andreafsky Wilderness

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The Andreafsky River, seen from the air, stretches into the distance through conifer forest.
Library image #2591: Andreafsky River

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Andreafsky Wilderness (map) in 1980 and it now has a total of 1,300,000 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Alaska and is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Description

The expansive 1.3 million acres of the Andreafsky Wilderness cover only slightly more than 5 percent of the monstrously vast 20-million-acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, America's largest unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Most of the delta is wetland tundra and marsh, and about one-third of it lies underwater. Here you'll find moose, foxes, beavers, martens, minks, wolves, wolverines, caribou, large populations of black and brown bears, and millions of salmon.

The Andreafsky River and its East Fork, in the northern section, flow southwest along parallel paths and drain into the Yukon River. Forests of white spruce and balsam poplar grow along the riverbanks through the Wilderness. Near the headwaters the forests give way to alpine tundra, and a relatively flat, treeless delta. Fishing is excellent, and the bears know it. Both rivers are scenic, but the East Fork has more trees and runs closer to the mountains. One hundred twenty-five miles of the Andreafsky and 137 miles of the East Fork are designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers, attracting river runners and anglers.

Summers are cool and gentle by Alaskan standards, with days of fog. Winters are cold, dry, and severe.

Planning to Visit the Andreafsky Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Andreafsky Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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