Alaska River photos

Aerial of the John River and Allen River, Brooks Range mountains, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the John River and Allen River, Brooks Range mountains, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Alaska Rivers

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Alaska’s geography is dramatically marked by its rivers and mountains. As primitive highway systems, many great rivers weave their way through the broad wilderness landscape, serving as access routes in both winter and summer. The Yukon River, 2,300 miles long, is perhaps the most famous of Alaska’s rivers, and many other rivers flow into the Yukon which empties into the Bering Sea along Alaska’s western shore. All Alaska river photos here and in the associated links are available for purchase as stock photography, or as fine art prints to display in your home or office.

Southside view of Denali and the Chulitna river, North America's tallest peak at approximately 20,237 ft. (6,168m), Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Southside view of Denali and the Chulitna River, North America’s tallest peak at approximately 20,237 ft. (6,168m), Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Alaska’s Wild and Scenic Rivers

Approximately 1% of Alaska rivers are designated wild and scenic.

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Alaska has designated a series of rivers as particular scenic and wild. I have photographed and/or traveled the following Alaska rivers.

Wild Rivers: Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments and generally inaccessible except by trail, with watersheds or shorelines essentially primitive and waters unpolluted. These represent vestiges of primitive America.

Scenic River: Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free of impoundments, with shorelines or watersheds still largely primitive and shorelines largely undeveloped, but accessible in places by roads.

Alatna River

Alaska river photos: Aerial of the alatna river, Brooks Range mountains, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the Alatna River, Brooks Range mountains, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Charley River

Alaska river photos: The Wild and Scenic Charley River, in the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, interior Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

The Wild and Scenic Charley River, in the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, interior Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Gulkana River

Gulkana river, autumn colored birch and aspen trees, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Gulkana River flanked by autumn-colored birch and aspen trees, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Forty Mile River

Canoers paddle through canyon rapids on the Forty Mile River which flows from Alaska through Canada and back to Alaska, joining the Yukon River. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Canoers paddle through canyon rapids on the Forty Mile River which flows from Alaska through Canada and back to Alaska, joining the Yukon River. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ivishak River

Lapland rosebay on the tundra along the ivishak river in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Lapland rosebay on the tundra along the Ivishak river in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

John River

Aerial of the john river and allen river, Brooks Range mountains, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the John River and Allen River, Brooks Range mountains, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Kobuk River

Aerial veiw of the Kobuk River and patterns of vegetation, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial view of the Kobuk River and patterns of vegetation, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

North Fork Koyukuk River

Alaska river photos: Windflower blossom on the tundra overlooking the North Fork of the Koyukuk River in the Gates of the Arctic National Park, Brooks Range, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Windflower blossom on the tundra overlooking the North Fork of the Koyukuk River in the Gates of the Arctic National Park, Brooks Range, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Noatak River

Aerial of lake matcharak and the Noatak River in the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of lake Matcharak and the Noatak River in the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Sheenjek River

Aerial of the sheenjek river, Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the Sheenjek River, Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Wind River

Alaska river photos: Aerial of the wild and scenic Wind River, Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the wild and scenic Wind River, Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Other Alaska Rivers

Yukon River

Alaska river photos: Aerial view of the expansive Yukon river in Interior Alaska, near the town of Circle. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial view of the expansive Yukon River in Interior Alaska, near the town of Circle. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Matanuska River

Alaska river photos: King Mountain, Matanuska River, Matanuska Valley along the Glenn Highway, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

King Mountain, Matanuska River, Matanuska Valley along the Glenn Highway, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tanana River

Alaska river photos: Mt hess and deborah, (left to right), prominent peaks in the Alaska Range mountains, Tanana River in the foreground, Interior, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Mt Hess and Deborah, (left to right), prominent peaks in the Alaska Range mountains, Tanana River in the foreground, Interior, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Killik River

Alaska river photos: Aerial of the Brooks Range mountains, Arctic Alaska. confluence of easter creek and killik river, gates of the Arctic national park. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the Brooks Range mountains, Arctic Alaska. The confluence of easter creek and Killik River, Gates of the Arctic National Park. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Chena River

Alaska river photos: Aerial of Fairbanks, Alaska, tanana and Chena River confluence, Alaska mountain range on horizon, mt. Denali visible on the right, sternwheeler river boat discovery on the Chena River. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of Fairbanks, Alaska, Tanana and Chena River confluence, Alaska mountain range on the horizon, mt. Denali visible on the right, sternwheeler riverboat discovery on the Chena River. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Marsh Fork, Canning River

Alaska river photos: Midnight sunset over dwarf fireweed, or river beauty, along the Marsh Fork of the Canning River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Brooks Range mountains, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Midnight sunset over dwarf fireweed, or river beauty, along the Marsh Fork of the Canning River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Brooks Range mountains, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Copper River

Alaska river photos: Landscape of the Copper River near Chitna in southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Landscape of the Copper River near Chitna in southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Matthews River

Alaska river photos: Crystal clear water of the Mathews River, Arctic, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Crystal clear water of the Mathews River, Arctic, Alaska (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ribdon River

Alaska river photos: Crossing the Ribdon River. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Crossing the Ribdon River. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Big Delta River

Alaska river photos: Aerial of the community of Delta Junction, situated on the Big Delta river, Jarvis creek confluence in the distance. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the community of Delta Junction, situated on the Big Delta river, Jarvis Creek confluence in the distance. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Sagavirnoktok (Sag) River

Alaska river photos: Trans Alaska oil pipeline traverses the Arctic tundra of Alaska, Sag River and Brooks Range mountains in the distance. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Trans Alaska oil pipeline traverses the Arctic tundra of Alaska, Sag River and Brooks Range mountains in the distance. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Koyukuk River

Pancake ice forming along the Koyukuk River at freeze up in october, Brooks Range, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Pancake ice forming along the Koyukuk River at freeze up in October, Brooks Range, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Dietrich River

Alaska river photos: Dietrich river, Brooks Range mountains, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Dietrich river, Brooks Range mountains, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Knik River

Moose hunters in a riverboat, travel the Knik river, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Moose hunters in a riverboat, travel the Knik River, southcentral, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Hammond River

Aerial of the hammond river canyon, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Brooks Range mountains, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of the Hammond river canyon, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Brooks Range mountains, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

matanuska river marsh fork canning river chilkoot river chena river tanana river canning river chulitna river kilik river yukon river

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