Two people float in a raft down a sparkling river surrounded by green mountains

Visitors can travel along Arctic Refuge’s waterways and coasts by a variety of watercraft. Many visitors plan their trips along a waterway, getting dropped off at an upstream location and picked up at a predetermined downstream location. Inflatable rafts are common on the larger waterways, but rafters traveling to the coast can be challenged by extreme headwinds. Particularly hardy visitors often use packrafts to cover long distances across this vast landscape.