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The Fortymile Wild and Scenic River is an extensive system of creeks and rivers in east-central Alaska near the Canadian Border. The river's numerous forks flow into the 'mainstem' Fortymile River, which joins the Yukon River in Canada. With 392 miles classified as wild, scenic, or recreational, the Fortymile River is the longest system within the National Wild and Scenic River network.
River float trips, camping, and sightseeing from the Taylor Highway are the primary attractions for visitors to the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River. For an Alaska river, the Fortymile has an unusual number of access points, making it possible to enjoy float trips that range from one day to several weeks in length. Boaters have many choices for recreational trips through deep, winding canyons lined by forests of birch, spruce and aspen. Gravel bars and river benches provide numerous primitive camping opportunities. Remnants of past mining operations dot the river banks as mementos of the area's rich mining history. The Fortymile is where gold was first discovered in Alaska. Gold mining continues to be a vibrant part of life in the region. Summer visitors will likely see signs of mining from yesterday and today.