Water of the Week
THE YUKON RIVER
The source of the Yukon River is in British Columbia, It flows through the Yukon Territory, named after the river. The lower1,980 mi emptys into the Bering Sea at the Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta. The total drainage area is 25% larger than Texas.
I accessed it via the Dalton Highway (the Ice Road Truckers Road,)
a rough road that begins 84 miles north of Fairbanks and ends 414 miles later in Deadhorse at Prudhoe Bay. It provides a rare opportunity to traverse a remote, unpopulated part of Alaska to the very top of the continent.
The Dalton Highway beckons adventurous souls to explore a still-wild and mysterious frontier a harsh land, a special part of our world.
There are no public services, medical facilities, banks, ATM machines, grocery stores or cell phone coverage from Elliott Highway Milepost 28 until just outside of Deadhorse.
Are the bugs really that bad? YES! Hordes of mosquitoes emerge in mid-June and last into August. A head net and bug jacket are essential if you plan on any outdoor activities.