Fortymile RiverThe Fortymile River
The explorers called the river after the golden age found there in 1886. Its name reflects the removal of the estuary from Fort Reliance, a former Hudson's Bay Company fort upriver along the Yukon River The miners finally mined more than half a million troy troz of the Fortymile watershed  Following the find, two Alaska Commercial Company merchants, Jack McQuesten and Arthur Harper, constructed a fort at the estuary of the river.
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The Fortymile River
One of the Yukon River's principal tributaries, the Fortymile, is a clear flow of waters with 6 principal streams that flow eastward of the Mertie Mountains and northern of the Tanana State Forest area, from the Yukon-Tanana Uplands, not far southward of the Arctic Circle. The Charley River lies just over the Mertie Mountains and the mountains are the border to the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in the northwest.
The Charley as well as the Fortymile are in the Wild and Scenic Rivers and run clear and hot with waterfalls of classes I to IV. Fortymile is particularly characterised by its winding and winding path through the jagged alpine woodland scenery, which is hard to follow on a single chart.
The first is on the North Fork at The Kink and the other is under the motorway and in Canada at Canyon Rapids. Taylor Hwy has 5 entrances to the West Fork, Mosquito Fork and South Fork River, where it traverses them. We have 2 to 5 days trips with street entrance on the West Fork to South Fork section.
While the other choices relate to the operation of the central and northern forks, you will need to use them. Apparently, the more isolated and original variant is the Middle Fork to the North Fork, which starts on a pebble road near Joseph, while the West and Mosquito Forks run through many mines.
The largest part of the length of the West Fork to the South Fork and further to Canada is very minefield. There are fewer activities only in the central and northern forks. You can get to Fortymile County by driving to South Fork and on to the Taylor Highway city of Eagle, which exits the Alcan Highway outside Tok and leads to Dawson Yukon Territory.
Eagle is on the way down the steep Fortymile River, then up O'Brien Creek to the village of Eagle. You have 4 possibilities to begin where the street is crossing the river. First possibility is at the West Fork Bridge at 49.3m. Mosquito Fork at 64.3m.
When the western fork is connected to the Dennison fork under the eastern fork, it hits the mosquito fork and then becomes the southern fork. There' even the Walker Fork, where there is a campsite in the area of the bridges. You can run from the West Fork Overpass to Obrien Creek Overpass at 112 miles for 4-5 days.
You can walk 3 to 4 days and 50 miles from Mosquito Fork Bridge to Obrien Creek Bridge at 112m. But it takes a lot of bottled warmwater to get the mosquito fork down. From both sides you can drive past the Obrien Creek junction and undertake to drive all the way down the Fortymile, through Class IV Canyon Rapids to the Yukon and on to Eagle to complete your journey.
It' s another 90 leagle from O'Brien Creek to Eagle and it could be a journey of its own, with over half of it on the Yukon River. There is a brief walk from the eastern end of the stretch to the river. This river leads you to the junction with the North Fork, one of the most tragic points on the way and on to the South Fork junction, where it eventually droops all forks and becomes the Fortymile River.
Takeouts are just as difficult, but by road you can reach the South Fork Bridge, O'Brien Creek Bridge and Eagle for a take-out or put-in. By the Middle Fork launch in Joseph, Obrien Creek is the first occasion to get out and is 90 mile from the Joseph stripe.
Continue adding 90 mile to Eagle and you'll have 180-mile flight in, you' re out of it. The South Fork Bridge and the O'Brien Creek Bridge or Eagle are available from Mosquito and West Fork. It is 75 mile from the West Fork Bridge to the O'Brien Creek Bridge and 24 mile to the South Fork Bridge.
Mosquito Fork to South Fork is 10 mile and O'Brien Creek 72 mile and a 4 to 5 days run. Eagle is 90 leagues from O'Brien Creek. 40-mile air service is known for flying there. Here Joseph Creek flows into the Middle Fork in a small vale with thick bushes.
It can be flat for a while according to the season and the rain. The river presses against the lefthand side hill within one kilometer of the Josephstreifen. Soon, it will flow a little northwards, then northwards at Fish Creek. Soon, it turns back eastwards and after many inflows the waters move quickly and approach the beginning of the Northern Fork Canals.
You can camp on some beautiful sandy spots and pebble banks just before Pittsburg Creek to Portage Creek. Directly above the junction with the North Fork lies Bald Eagle Rapid, a class III section of the N64. Now you are on the North Fork and within a kilometer you will find the Chute Rapide on the N64.
Bullion Creek on the river to the right, then Harrison Creek from the river to the right, 10 leagues below The Chute. Under Harrison Creek, begin to turn right to explore Grade 5 named The Kink at N64. Transport takes place above the cliff to the right of the river or directly above it at high tide.
The Kink, the river goes on quickly and rockily, first southwards, then eastwards, and after 20 kilometres it meets the junction with the N64 River at the N64 fork. The river turns off to the lefthand side at the foot of a 3000-foot hill and flows 3 kilometers northward, then turns back eastward for the last 17 kilometers to the junction of Obrien Creek and the Taylor Highway Bridge.
The majority of groups begin at the western fork and continue to the mouth of the Dennison Fork of the Fortymile River, which leads to the junction with the Mosquito Fork, where it merges into the South Fork. It begins small and meanders for 6 or 7 leagues to the west, where it encounters the Dennison Fork.
The river turns northwards at this junction and passes Mosquito Forest for 27 leagues and passes Lost Chicken Hill, where it passes under the Taylor Highway at the foot of the viaduct shortly after Wall Street Creek comes in from the right. It' s another 23 leagues to the junction with the Northern Forest and at last it's only the Fortymile River, no more toppling.
It' 20 leagues from here to the junction of O'Brien Creek and the overpass. Flooding is necessary to begin with the gnat fork in the area of the gnathouses. There' s a boating platform at the viaduct and it's a boggy mine through the mine, where it connects the Dennison Fork 10 mile under the viaduct.
He becomes the South Fork when he encounters the Dennison Fork and walks another 8 mile to the South Fork Bridge. The next 30-mile section is the river section with the most mountain farming but it has its own rugged scenery and historic attractions and abundant sand and gravel cover.
The river curves several time in a gigantic arc by 180° around a steep slope before it continues to the west. At O'Brien Creek the river becomes a fixed grade III with possible grade IV at high tide. Beneath bridges 3 or 4 mile and below Flat Creek the mountain rushes onto the river and it joins a jagged area where Steele Creek soon flows to the right of the river.
After the big ox arch, five leagues further on, is the Class III section named Deadman's Riffle and has a simple portion on the right side. Another 8 mile on the river has on its lefthand side a vast mountain slope that turns eastwards and this is the place just before the entrance to Canada.
It flows strongly to the west and west as it meanders around the round hills. Seventy-five and after the meeting of Bruin Creek. Below you come to the severely minefielded Clinton Creek area, where there is an entrance to the Taylor Highway on the Canada side. Right behind Clinton Creek lies the old city of Fortymile at the junction with the Yukon River.
It' s another 50 mile river with a lot of boating from here. Eagle exit is on the river's upper lefthand side, so keep to the upper lefthand side to get to the exit via the fast-flow. It' on the river, and there's a runway when you fly home.
Entrance to the West Fork and the South Fork is good. West Fork Overpass, 49km. Mosquito Fork Brigde, 64m. There' s also a campsite at Walker Fork Break, 82.1m.